November 29, 2022

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Bali scooter crash: Aussie nurse Peta Richards an experienced rider ‘in wrong place at wrong time’, pal says

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An Australian nurse fighting for her life after a horror scooter crash is an experienced rider who had taken all necessary precautions prior to the accident which left her in an induced coma, her friend says.

Mother of two Peta Richards was on a dream Bali holiday when she was knocked from her moped while riding to pick up a birthday present for her son at the start of April.

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The 36-year-old was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries and underwent surgery to ease pressure on her brain so she could secure an emergency flight back to Victoria.

Close pal Rachel Berben said the Geelong local is an experienced rider and was wearing a helmet prior to the accident which has left her in a battle for her life at Melbourne’s The Alfred.

“She’s an experienced rider. It’s not like she’s jumped on the bike the first time. She has her motorbike licence, she has her international licence, travel insurance, wore a helmet,” Ms Berben said.

She added you can do “everything right but you can still be in the wrong place at the wrong time which is just really unfortunate”.

Peta Richards, pictured with her family, is in a fight for her life.
Camera IconPeta Richards, pictured with her family, is in a fight for her life. Credit: Supplied
Nurse Peta Richards was knocked from her moped during a short ride to buy her three-year-old son a birthday present on April 1.
Camera IconNurse Peta Richards was knocked from her moped during a short ride to buy her three-year-old son a birthday present on April 1. Credit: Supplied
She remains in an induced coma on a ventilator at the Alfred and friends say her future is still clouded in uncertainty.
Camera IconShe remains in an induced coma on a ventilator at the Alfred and friends say her future is still clouded in uncertainty. Credit: Supplied

Ms Berben said her friend, who she described as “the most selfless, caring and kind person that you’ll ever meet”, was in a holding pattern in hospital, but is in the very best of hands.

“I think (the recovery) is really dependant upon how she progresses and what that looks like for the next six to 12 months,” she said.

“But we don’t know what that looks like at the moment or what the path to recovery is.”

Part of her skull was removed to ease pressure on her brain before she able to secure an emergency flight back to Victoria.
Camera IconPart of her skull was removed to ease pressure on her brain before she able to secure an emergency flight back to Victoria. Credit: Supplied
Peta Richards worked right through the COVID pandemic and has been described as “the most selfless, caring and kind person”.
Camera IconPeta Richards worked right through the COVID pandemic and has been described as “the most selfless, caring and kind person”. Credit: Supplied

A GoFundMe page seeking donations to help the family, including devastated husband Matt and their two young boys Sonny and Alfie, cover medical and rehabilitation expenses has raised more than $118,000 after being established two days ago.

It’s target was $100,000.

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