Langley man hurt in Thailand accident shows signs of improvement

Zsombor Toth no longer listed in critical condition, family hoping to bring him home

Langley resident Zsombor Toth, who suffered severe head injuries while on vacation in Thailand, is showing signs of improvement and is no longer listed in critical condition, his family reported.

Langley resident Zsombor Toth is no longer in critical condition, but doctors in Thailand have not yet cleared him to return to Canada.

The 25-year-old Toth suffered severe head injuries in a traffic accident on Jan. 24, while he was vacationing in the Southeast Asian country.

His uncle, Andrew Kovacs of White Rock, said Toth hasn’t regained full consciousness, but he is showing signs of improvement.

“His eyes are moving,” Kovacs said.

Doctors have been able to remove tubes used to both help him breathe and reduce pressure in his skull.

His mother Andrea Czegledi, a South Surrey resident, and father Stephen Toth, of Langley, flew to the Thai hospital to be with their son.

A Facebook update posted by Czegledi said her son is battling a fever that comes and goes and requires doctors to cover him with ice packs to keep his temperature down.

“Every time he has no fever and has stable vital signs I think that this is it, now it’s going to be better every day, and every time his fever comes back, I’m disappointed and worried,” Czegledi wrote.

She said Toth is now breathing without the assistance of a ventilator, but still requires oxygen.

“When all is stable and no infection and no fever and dehydration is happening, and he can do the breathing by himself, (no extra oxygen) he can be transferred home,” Czegledi wrote.

“I tell Zsombor every day how strong he is, how proud I am to be his mom, and I tell about everybody who is worried about him.”

Toth and a friend from Vancouver had been exploring Thailand together, but the friend had returned to Canada and Toth was on his own when he got on a motorcycle and went for a ride.

With about a week left on his six-week vacation, Toth collided with a car and suffered a severe head injury that left him in a coma.

He was taken to a Neuro Intensive Care Unit in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern capital, about three hours away from the scene of the crash, where doctors performed surgery to remove bone shards from his brain.

The Hungarian-born Toth was a year old when he came to Canada with his family. He currently lives with his father and works in his father’s landscaping company, Kovacs said.

Family and friends have launched a gofundme campaign, “Zsombor must live,” that has so far raised more than $19,000 toward its goal of $50,000 to help cover his medical bills.

Kovacs said his nephew did get travel medical insurance, but it doesn’t cover motor vehicle accidents.