Family's desperate efforts to wake mum from coma in Bali

The family of a mother fighting for her life in a Bali hospital have been told they might get her home to New Zealand soon.

Abby Hartley, 41, and her husband Richard travelled to Bali earlier this month for their “second honeymoon” and first holiday without the children.

But just a few hours after arriving, the mother started experiencing severe pain.

She was rushed to the ICU at a hospital in Nusa Dua where it was determined a chunk of her bowel had died.

After emergency surgery, Ms Hartley took a turn for the worse and developed a respiratory issue that only allowed her to take in 70 per cent of her needed oxygen.

The mother was put in an induced coma.

A New Zealand mother has been left fighting for her life after falling ill on the first day of her Bali holiday. Photo: Give A Little
A New Zealand mother has been left fighting for her life after falling ill on the first day of her Bali holiday. Photo: Give A Little

“Dad told us kids to get on the first plane over from [New Zealand] as things weren’t looking too good and mum needed all the support she could get,” Ms Hartley’s daughter Sophie wrote on her fundraising page.

Ms Hartley remains in a coma and was hooked up to a machine to be given 100 per cent oxygen.

She is having mild physiotherapy to move her arms and legs, and Sophie said she has some movement with her eyelids.

The family were told on Saturday they might be able to bring the mother home when she reaches 40 per cent oxygen from the respirator.

Also what we need is to get Abby awake, we have been playing all the voice recordings and videos sent by all those close to her and we are getting some response so please keep them coming, we understand it feels a bit strange talking into a phone but we believe it is helping Abby a lot,” Sophie said.

Ms Hartley was moved to a public hospital on August 12 after the bills started to stack up. Photo: Give A Little

The family are now trying to scrape together more than $146,000 for a specialised aircraft to transport Ms Hartley.

“Our only options now are to wait it out over here in Bali – with medical bills stacking up or to get an EVAC,” Sophie said.

A Give A Little page has been started to raise money for the family’s medical bills and the flight home.

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