A YOUNG Briton seriously injured in a horror holiday moped accident has told how she is ‘worried’ about her boyfriend who is fighting for his life.
Brave Joella Senior has now been transferred from intensive care to a ward at the same hospital in Bali where her partner Alex Hoyle remains in a coma with head injuries and a broken back.
Her older sister, Teya Brooker, has told of the two families’ heartache after the couple’s dream trip to the Indonesian island turned into a nightmare.
Primary school teacher Teya said: “My sister has the biggest heart and worries about everyone, not herself. She said she was worried sick for Alex and knew the extent of his injuries as she dealt with hers.”
“She’s in so much pain herself and exhausted, but all she cares about is Alex and our families.”
Mum-of-two Teya from Corley, Warwickshire, who spoke to her brother by phone, said: ‘We told her to stop worrying about us and that she needs to get better.
Teya, 29, whose 30th birthday is just weeks away, said: “We have to look to the positive. She survived. But everything since the accident is so hazy.
She recounted in an exclusive interview with The Sun Online how difficult it was to have a conversation with Joella, saying, “We try to talk but it’s hard for her. She’s in so much pain and exhausted, so we’re keeping it short and sweet but positive.”
“She is aware that Alex is in a really bad place and it’s really difficult for her because she can’t see him. He’s still in intensive care.”
Teya, who took a break from her career to look after her baby girl and toddler, said their mother, a university professor, Jeni Hall, flew to Bali yesterday and arrived in completely safe.
She said: “Mom has been amazing and very strong.”
Joella, a social media coordinator for various businesses, suffered a broken back in the accident on the third day of their “vacation of a lifetime” in Kerobokan, North Kuta, on the evening of June 12.
The couple’s Honda Vario scooter collided with a car and another moped.
Joella also broke both arms, collarbone and cheekbone and has a damaged lung.
Her sister said: “The punctured lung is a problem and is delaying her return home. We don’t know when she will be fit enough to return home.
She added how grateful families and friends were for the “incredible doctors” at the main Balinese hospital.
Joella’s ex-fiancé Luke Howitt said he “hopes and prays for the couple to make a full recovery and return home safely”.
He recounted how he communicated with his former girlfriend, who he remains pals with, saying, “I try to keep her spirits up. She has spinal and other injuries and will need plenty of rest and physio.”
“Alex is in a coma and his parents and sister are by his side.”
“I haven’t told her about the accident but she knows how badly injured Alex is. We all hope he pulls through and they can go home together.
Luke, 28, said the huge fundraising response – today (June 23) amounting to nearly £81,384 of his £100,000 goal to help pay the couple’s medical bills was “simply amazing”.
The building renovation worker told The Sun Online how he has remained friends with Joella despite their breakup and knows her new boyfriend.
He said: “We were together for 10 years but we broke up. It happens. But we’re still pals, having had a bit of a distance, and we share two dogs together, and I just hope she goes. good and Alex too.”
“She is in a lot of pain and she can’t see Alex. They’ve been a couple for at least this year, maybe before, and we’re thinking of them both.”
Close friends of the injured couple, Georgie Steel and Oli Rowland, told in a new post on fundraiser JustGiving how Joella made progress after major surgery.
They wrote: “Joella’s surgeries to repair her displaced fractures in both of her forearms, stabilize vertebral fractures as well as plating her collarbone and cheekbone all went very well.
“Although the operations were a success, Joella’s road to recovery is still very long and she finds herself in a huge amount of pain after the operation as her body tries to recover from the stress that the operations put on her. subjected.”
The picture is darker for Alex who remains in a critical state under sedation in intensive care with “no known timescale for when he will wake up”.
They posted: “He needs many more operations, including repairs to serious injuries to his jaw, cheekbone and temporal bones. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go for Alex’s recovery.