A Brisbane couple are lucky to be alive following a tourist bus crash in the Amazon jungle and are now stranded in need of help to get home for treatment.
Jason and Stephanie Rowe were in the bus that toppled down a cliff, flipping three times before coming to rest just short of the Amazon River’s edge on November 12.
Despite the horror accident, no one on-board losing their lives, Ms Rowe described the moment of carnage to 9 News and the horror of seeing her husband injured.
“I’m going, ‘We’re dead, we’re not coming back, this is how I die, this is how we all die’,” she said.
“He (Mr Rowe) flew into the windscreen and got knocked out and he was out for about 25 minutes.
“There’s people all over the ground, people had broken their arms, people were going into shock.”
The survivors were eventually rescued, but the medical treatment received had been less than ideal, Mrs Rowe said.
“They were like, ‘There’s something wrong with your neck, your neck’s wonky, and there’s something wrong with your arm’,” she said. “That’s all they told us.”
The pair have reported to two separate hospitals, which are more than a nine-hour drive away from each other, but Mr Rowe has been unable to secure head scans for any lingering injuries.
Issues have since arisen with their travel insurance around the pair not having the required visas to get the flight home that requires a layover in Chile.
The pair are now stuck in Lima, with Ms Rowe pleading for help to get home and get proper treatment.
“Here we are waiting in severe pain,” Mrs Rowe said.
“We have no idea what’s wrong with us. We are freakin’ in Lima, praying that someone will do something so that we can get home.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the couple’s issues and has confirmed that it is providing assistance.