A man who was left fighting for his life after a Bali motorcycle crash is speaking again, as a second Australian crash victim begins his recovery from massive injuries.
Doctors were uncertain Nicho White, 43, would survive his medivac flight from Bali to Melbourne, funded by friends and strangers who raised more than $123,000 online.
But one month after the collision with a 4WD – in which he suffered multiple injuries – he is in rehabilitation and talking.
Mr White’s progress comes as Jack McCord, 46, recovers in a Darwin hospital.
The Bali DJ was riding home from work in the early hours of Friday when he crashed, shattering his pelvis and bruising his lungs.
His family was faced with the same predicament as Mr White’s – how to raise tens of thousands of dollars for a medical flight back to Australia.
They’ve so far raised more than $70,000 on the website youcaring.com.
Coincidentally, the families are known to each other.
Mr White’s brother-in-law is also a Bali DJ.
Mr White’s stepfather Ian McGill says when he heard the news he had to donate, even though his own family’s ordeal is not over.
“I donated because I know how much it means,” he told AAP.
“It’s going pretty good with Nicho now, but it’s going to be a very long process if he’s going to walk again.”
Originally from Sydney where he was a DJ with the global house music outfit Hed Kandi, Mr McCord has a baby son with his wife Hilda.
Bali police spokesman Hery Witanto says the two incidents highlight the dangers of riding motorcycles at night, and he urged all riders to take care.