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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”.
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.”
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.
“It’s been amazing support that we’ve received so far. The family are overwhelmed with everybody reaching out, trying to help in any way they can and the donations have been amazing,” Ms Berben said.
“(Funds raised) will go towards anything Matt needs and the family needs in the immediate future as well as Peta’s rehabilitation and her path to recovery.”
Mrs Richards’ story was brought to the nation’s attention this week after shattering details of the mother’s situation were shared online.
“She will have an exceptionally long road to recovery with rehabilitation and at this stage we can only measure her progress on a day to day basis,” revealed a post on the GoFundMe page.