Thailand attack victim due to fly home to Leeds

Adam Pickles with son Benjamin.

Adam Pickles with son Benjamin.

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A former Wakefield teacher left in a coma in Thailand for a month after a brutal assault is due to fly home to Leeds on Sunday.

As reported in the YEP, Adam Pickles, 40, who taught at Wakefield Cathedral Academy, was attacked in the street by a stranger wielding a metal bar a month ago.

Mr Pickles, who had been teaching English in Thailand, was assaulted as he made his way to his home in Pattaya from a local bar on May 17. Friends and family from across the globe have raised an estimated £41,000 to help pay for his medical treatment and repatriation.

His father, Andrew Pickles, from Thorner, Leeds, who has been by son’s side with wife Adele, said in a Facebook post this week: “We still do not know how long he is likely to remain in a coma or what care he will need once he awakes.

“It is likely that the recovery process will be lengthy and require the specialist help of people experienced in this form of head injury. “Taking everything into account, we have decided that the best option is to take Adam back to the UK and continue his treatment there.”

Mr Pickles was expected to return to the UK on Sunday, (June 24) to be treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

But his dad added: “We have received a setback with the air ambulance. A doctor and specialist nurses are needed for the full transfer and one of the nurses has fallen ill. This is very specialised equipment and a qualified replacement nurse cannot be found. The transfer is therefore delayed until Sunday evening. Adele was devastated by the news, but there is little that we can do about it. Please all pray for our safe journey home on Sunday.”

A fundraising PickleAID gig is being held at FullCircle, off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, from 2pm on Saturday, July 7.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, with free admission for under-twos.

Staff at Cathedral have organised a fundraising race night for 8.15pm on Friday, July 13, at Thornes Cricket Club, on Field Lane.

For more information visit: www.donatetoadam.org

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