Monday, 3 Oct 2022

Brit dies after suffering horror injuries in tragic Bali bike crash

A British man has died after suffering horror injuries following a bike crash in Bali.

James Criddle, 31, passed away in the early hours of Thursday (July 21), following a seven-hour operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

The Brit from Pembrokeshire had suffered 25 fractures to his skull and needed urgent surgery after his kidneys started failing, and was put into a coma.

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Tragically he failed to pull through and died before his distraught parents could make it to his bedside on the Indonesian island.

Taking to Facebook, his family wrote: "He was taken down to surgery, but while they were working on him, he suffered a cardiac arrest and despite the efforts of the medical team to keep him alive, they were not able to do so."

They described the 31-year-old as a "funny, generous, kind and most of all remarkable soul who had an astonishing love of life and lived it to the full".

After initially setting up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical care, his family are continuing to raise funds for the most vulnerable in society – a cause that was close to James' heart – in a bid to "ensure that James' legacy lives on".

They said: "We respectfully ask that his life should be celebrated with stories shared of the times you spent with him and helping to add to his legacy of experience and ‘paying it forward’.

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"In the same vein, we have made the decision not to have a traditional ‘funeral’ – nothing about James was traditional or ordinary and we would like to honour his life in a manner that befits his zest for life and his insatiable appetite for love.

"James’ body, which is the vessel that carried his beautiful soul, will physically stay in Bali, where he had some of his happiest times in the last couple of years and will be honoured by his friends there also."

They added: "We want James to always be remembered for the beautiful giving and loving heart he had.

"Although James is no longer of this world, his extraordinary spirit will live on in every act of kindness that we perpetuate and happy memory we share."

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