Brit in Coma Condition Improving

THE condition of a York father who was left in a coma after suffering serious head injuries in a scooter crash in Cambodia is continuing to improve.

Joe Quarcoo-Morrissey ’s assessment on a coma scale of 1-15 has risen from a very low score of just three out of 15 – with him only having a 30 per cent chance of survival – to a highest possible ranking of 15 out of 15, said his father Kevin.

However, he said Joe remained in intensive care in a Cambodian hospital, at a cost of £3,000 a week, without insurance cover to meet the bills.

A £50,000 appeal which was launched less than a fortnight ago to help pay the hospital’s fees is now approaching the £20,000 milestone, with the appeal total reaching £19,333 by yesterday afternoon.

The Press revealed last week how Joe, 24, a former York Steiner School and All Saints School pupil from the FulfordRoad area, had suffered the accident in early February.

His family said then that he appeared to have regained consciousness but remained in a seriously ill condition, and the next stage would be critical to his recovery.

Joe has been living with his partner Emilie in Cambodia, where they run a hostel, and they have a baby Saul.

His mother Ernestina happened to be out in Cambodia visiting at the time of the accident, helping Joe and Emilie after Saul was born.

She has now been joined out there by Joe’s sister Rhianna, and his father Kevin is planning to fly out next week.

Kevin has spoken previously of the shock of hearing about his son’s accident, saying: “It’s so emotional and physical – I could barely speak about anything for a week, although I was thinking about it 100 per cent of the time, when I was awake and when I was asleep.”

The appeal was launched by a York friend of Joe, Dan Lucas, who has described him as “an absolutely great guy… really happy-go-lucky, super-kind and thoughtful”.

He said Joe had brought his baby to the UK at Christmas and it had been amazing to see how proud he was of his little boy.

Donations to the appeal can be made by going to

By Mike LaycockYork Press

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