Coma teacher is to fly home

Adam Pickles
Adam Pickles

A TEACHER left in a coma after a vicious assault in Thailand is to fly home this weekend.

Former Wakefield Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles, 40, was left fighting for his life after he was attacked by a stranger with a metal bar a month ago.

He taught at Cathedral Academy between 2001 and 2005, but had been teaching English in Thailand.

Mr Pickles was savagely beaten over the head as he made his way to his home in Pattaya from a local bar on May 17 and has been in a coma for a month.

Friends and family from across the globe have so far raised more than £41,000 to help pay for his medical treatment and repatriation.

His father Andrew Pickles, 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.”

It was expected he would fly back on Saturday to Leeds General Infirmary but that has been put back a day.

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.”

It is the second time in a year Adam Pickles has been in a coma, after a horrific motorbike crash last September.

Insurance is only expected to cost a fraction of the cost this time.

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

And a “PickleAID gig” is being held at FullCircle, off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, from 2pm on Saturday July 7. For more information visit www.donatetoadam.org.