The parents of a young Derry woman who is fighting for her life in Asia have arrived at her bedside.
Dennis and Sharon Orsi’s daughter Lisa (22) is in a critical condition in a hospital on the east of the island of Java; efforts were being made to move her by air ambulance to better medical facilities in Singapore but at this stage she is deemed too unwell to be moved.
Lisa, who is originally from Woodside Heights in Top Of the Hill, was found in a state of collapse on Friday at the accommodation where she was staying.
She had moved to the South East Asia region some time ago and was working as a physiotherapist in Singapore.
Sharon posted on facebook: “As soon as we can we will move Lisa to Singapore as we feel that she needs friendly and voices she might recognise. Lisa at the moment is not responding to the treatment. We are eternally grateful to you all for the support God bless you all.”
SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey spoke to her father before he and his wife began the long journey east on Saturday.
Mr Ramsey said how Lisa had not long returned back to Asia after surprising her family with a visit home for Christmas in December.
Mr Ramsey said: “Obviously her family are quite distressed by it all. The thoughts and prayers from across the city will reassure them.”
He said the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs were aware of the case and had put arrangements in place in East Asia to assist the family on arrival. Mr Ramsey said the Department had a strong track record of helping families in crisis situations.
An online appeal to help with travel and medical costs has been set up by Lisa’s best friend since childhood Sinead McElhinney at the website address: www.gogetfunding.com/project/pray-for-lisa.
Over £7,000 had been donated already.