Tassie to Help Thorpie

local loses wife in US crash

Tassie to Help Thorpie


Just a week ago Tasmanian James Thorp and his new wife Taylor were involved in an horrific car accident in Oregon USA.

Sadly Taylor passed away at the scene while James was thrown from the car during the crash and remains in a serious condition in hospital in the USA with multiple fractures and punctured lung and spleen. 

James will be repatriated to Australia to face a long rehabilitation in a specialised facility, where he won't be able to weightbear for 12 weeks or more.  It is unknown when James will be able to work again as he requires extensive ongoing physio, hydro and occupational therapy for greater than 12 months.

James medical expenses will only be partially funded by medicare and he does not have any income protection. In light of that a circle of family and friends are coming to his support and asking the wider community for a gesture of support.

A go fund me page has been set up by Hobartian Jen Brown, who as a part of the Tasmanian kayak community knows James well as a fellow kayaker.

A target of $20,000 will go towards helping James with his lost income to allow him to focus on treatment and healing.

James obviously has also lost his wife and he may require assistance with grief counselling and future planning

The fund page is | https://www.gofundme.com/helpthorpie

Today Dave Noonan & Al Plath (Triple M's Dave Noonan Show) spoke with one of James good friend's Chris Jones