A BRIT teenager has been left fighting for life in a Los Angeles hospital with a £118,000 medical bill after a freak scooter crash.
Karmen Curley, 18, was visiting her sister Sian when she suffered a brain injury in the horror accident.
Now Sian, who lives in Los Angeles, is desperately trying to raise cash to cover Karmen's treatment – because the teen forgot to take out holiday insurance.
Karmen, from Belfast, was injured when she hit a pothole and is being treated at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles.
We decided to rent out electric scooter to venture the area but after not even one minute, Karmen hit a pot hole and flew off her scooter
Sian, 22, told Belfast Live she is at her "wit's end".
"I was studying in America for a year and we planned to do a road trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas, so Karmen arrived to meet us.
"We decided to rent out electric scooters to venture the area but after not even one minute, Karmen hit a pot hole and flew off her scooter.
"When I went up to her she was unconscious and in a pool of blood. The blood was pouring out on to the ground, it was traumatising to watch."
When I went up to her she was unconscious and in a pool of blood. The blood was pouring out onto the ground, it was traumatising to watch
She added:"The ambulance came and she was taken straight to Intensive Care in UCLA Hospital.
"It is $15,000 per day to stay in ICU and that isn't including her medication, scans or needles. I am at my wit's end – I don't know how I will afford this.
"We have been told that if she gets out, she will need to stay in LA and go for a follow-up meeting before she can fly home to Belfast. This follow-up will cost $4,000 alone, so the total just keeps getting more and more."
Sian has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for Karmen's medical bill.
"We are still paying off the funeral costs of our mum who died suddenly last year and with these mounting costs we do not know how we are going to cope. I really just don't know.
"If I have learnt anything from this horrible situation it is to get travel insurance. It isn't even expensive and it literally will save you so much.
"We wouldn't be in this position if Karmen had of thought to get it. Our mum would be on the ball with things like that so it's times like this we really miss her."
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