Mercy flight for Bali crash victim
Mercy flight for Bali crash victim

An Australian man on life support in Bali will soon be flown to Melbourne after sports and arts world personalities helped raise thousands of dollars for the emergency mission.

Nicho White, 43, suffered major head injuries when he was hit by a car in the Kerobokan area on Friday morning while riding his motorbike home.

Mr White remains in an induced coma in a Denpasar hospital. The Bali resident did not have medical insurance and the local driver of the car involved was unable to contribute to the growing medical bill.

Mr White's family has so far raised more than $85,000 towards his medical evacuation home to Melbourne on Thursday.

Stepfather Ian McGill says the flight is a risk the family is willing to take in order to get him specialist treatment at The Alfred hospital.

“The flight will be a tricky sort of manoeuvre,” he told AAP.

“It takes quite a lot of people and equipment, and to be honest we've had advice from a specialist that it's a risk. But it's a gamble that we had to take.”

The fundraising effort on has attracted support from some high-profile Australians from the music, sport and fashion worlds.

Mr White was once a competitive footballer and swimmer, while his sister Jessie is the creative force behind fashion label Shakuhachi.

His brother Ollie McGill plays keyboards for the popular Melbourne band The Cat Empire and composed the award-winning song “Dumb Ways to Die” for the famous Metro Trains campaign.

Donors have included Olympian Michael Klim, designer Alice McCall and dozens of people identifying themselves as “friends of The Cat Empire”.

As well as paying the hospital bill from Bali, which is costing up to $5000 a day, the funds will go to Mr White's future care, the family says.


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