Galliagh man critical after Bangkok hit and run

Derry man Richard Quigley remains ill in a Bangkok hospital following a hit and run in Thailand on Thursday.
Derry man Richard Quigley remains ill in a Bangkok hospital following a hit and run in Thailand on Thursday.

The family of a Derry man who remains critically ill in Bangkok after a hit and run on Thursday morning have thanked the Derry public for what they’ve described as overwhelming support and generosity over the last 48 hours.

Richard Quigley, from Ederowen Park in Galliagh, remains unconscious in a Bangkok hospital after the accident which left him with a fractured skull and clots in his brain.

His brother Stephen will fly to Thailand tomorrow to be by his brother’s bedside.

Speaking to the Journal ahead of leaving Derry, Stephen said that while his brother walked away from the accident, his injuries were subsequently found to be life threatening.

“As far as we know Richard was close to where he works when it happened and he made it to work, but when he got there he started vomiting and was rushed to hospital.

“It was discovered that he had a fractured skull and was bleeding in his brain and he needed emergency surgery. Just before he went into surgery he had lost power down his left side but he’s still unconscious so we don’t know how he’s been affected at this stage. He did open his eyes for a few moments yesterday so that has given us hope and we can just keep hoping for the best really.”

For more on this story see tomorrow’s Sunday Journal and to donate to a fund set up to help pay for Richard’s treatment, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Quigley-Fundraising-Page/