Family faces £15,000 bill after holiday accident victim stranded abroad

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Robbie Street, 10, has been stranded in a Turkish hospital with severe head injuries after a quad bike accident.

Robbie has to wait until an air pocket in his head clears before he is given permission to fly home to Pennington, Hampshire.

For his hospital treatment, his family must raise £15,000 because their holiday accident insurance policy, which does not cover quad bike crash victims, failed to pay out.

Robbie was on half-term holiday in Bodrum with his father Andy and his stepmother Sharon when the accident abroad occurred. The youngster was following an instructor, with Sharon riding pillion, when they were left behind and crashed.

Quad Bike Accident in Turkey – Holiday Accident Abroad

Robbie survived bleeding on the brain and sustained a broken arm and nose, a cracked eye socket and bruised ribs.

Since the holiday accident, Andy and Sharon have stayed by Robbie’s bedside. Fearing for her son, his mother Tina Street flew out to join them.

Tina, who has since returned to Pennington to raise the money, said: "It was the longest and hardest journey I have ever made as I did not know what the outcome would be."

Nick Harris of Simpson Millar LLP commented: "The insurance company refused to pay out because it classifies quad biking as an extreme sport, not an ordinary holiday accident. The rights and wrongs of this aside, Robbie's case once again underlines the fundamental importance of leaving nothing to chance and thoroughly understanding the terms of holiday accident insurance policies."


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