Medway teacher, 22, seriously injured in Cambodia petrol station explosion

A Medway teacher remains in hospital after she was seriously injured in a gas station blast in Cambodia. Zoe Eleftheriou, 22, from Rochester, was riding a motorcycle with Abigail Alexander, 18, from Miamisburg, Ohio, past the LPG gas station in Siem Reap, on Wednesday when it blew up. They suffered severe burns with Zoe being moved to a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, while Abigail is being treated at the Royal Phnom Penh  Hospital .

Police officers are trying to find the owner of the LPG gas station after it was found to be operating illegally. Search for missing Lucas Dobson: What we so know so far on Day 3 of River Stour hunt   Zoe’s mother, Mary, said: ”I arrived beside Zoe to find her bandaged back up and still with tubes down her throat.

It was explained they were still there because of the swelling on her neck and the rest of her body.

Zoe Eleftheriou, 22, was seriously injured in the blast

”The second doctor that spoke to me said her swelling was more than they would have expected, so they are monitoring her for infection. ”Yesterday, she started the first of many surgical operations to remove dead skin which could come infected if left. ”She is able to nod and shake her head to questions or write letters in the air with her bandaged hands but trying to guess what she is saying is pretty hard.

”Zoe is a fighter and will pull though this so please keep her and Abbey in your prayers.” Thirteen people were seriously injured when the illegal and unlicensed LPG gas station exploded at around 1pm last Wednesday (August 14). A tanker truck containing 2,000 litres of the liquid fuel was transferring gas to a storage tank when it suddenly ignited.

Dashcam footage from a car shows how the gas station suddenly burst into flames – hitting passing motorcycle riders who were knocked to the ground from the force of the explosion.

‘Was in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Eleven locals were also injured. Erin Alexander, mother of the American teenager, said she is currently in a critical condition in ICU and on a ventilator. She has not been moved to a specialist hospital due to the mounting medical bills.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page that has raised thousands of pounds to pay for medical treatment, which could cost thousands of pounds. Her mother, Erin, said: ”This was such an awful accident. My daughter was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

”Abbey received burns across more than 35 per cent of her body in the explosion. Her blood-work is becoming worse and she will be needing skin grafts. ”She has been transported to a hospital with a better burn unit in Cambodia and the costs are already adding up quickly.”

She said: ”The cost will be higher as we plan to move her to either Thailand or the US, so I set up the raising money account hoping that somebody would notice and help her. ”So far, we have received countless messages offering money and kind words. There are also multiple fundraisers happening in Siem Reap on Abbey’s behalf.

”We’re hoping to have her moved to Thailand soon. Thank you everyone for all they have done for us and all that has been donated.”

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