Aussie tourist is left fighting for life in Bali as his horrified loved ones claim robbers dragged him and his girlfriend off a scooter trying to grab her phone
- Dilor Yeretzian and partner on a scooter in Bali
- Pair claim they were mugged, causing them to crash
- Mr Yeretzian in hospital with six broken ribs
A tourist in Bali has been left with six broken ribs and a fractured skull after he and his girlfriend claimed they were mugged while riding a motorbike in the holiday hotspot.
Dilor Yeretzian and his partner Cosette Karam, both from Lebanon and who now live in Sydney, had been enjoying their final night on the Indonesian holiday island last Monday when they decided to go on a midnight McDonald’s run.
The pair were driving a scooter home from the fast food restaurant when Ms Karam whipped out her phone for directions.
However the couple claim this quickly caught the attention of two men clad in black helmets and black bodysuits, who pulled up beside them and snatched the phone out of Ms Karam’s hand – causing Mr Yeretzian to lose control and crash.
Dilor Yeretzian is recovering in hospital in Bali after he was allegedly mugged while riding a scooter in the holiday hot spot last week
Dilor Yeretzian and his partner Cosette Karam, both from Lebanon and who now live in Sydney, had been enjoying their final night in Bali when they claim they were suddenly attacked
Mr Yeretzian is now lying in a hospital bed in Bali facing a $69,000 medical bill because he had not purchased his trip with a credit card that usually provides him with travel insurance.
A fundraiser has since been set up to help bring the tourist back to Australia.
Along with several broken ribs and a fractured shoulder, Mr Yeretzian has had blood and fluid build up in his lungs and suffered a minor fracture to his skull.
He and his girlfriend were travelling at about 50km/hour when they were allegedly attacked, Mr Yeretzian’s cousin Anthony Matta wrote on the GoFundMe.
‘Cosette got up immediately and saw her loving boyfriend on the floor, with his eyes rolling to the back of the head, and making unusual sounds,’ Mr Matta said.
‘She immediately burst into tears. A scene out of a scary movie.
Mr Yeretzian has suffered six broken bones, a broken shoulder and a minor fracture to his skull
‘Along with multiple areas of her body being grazed, scratched and bruised, there is also the traumatic image of her injured partner that Cosette will have engrained in her brain forever.
‘We are grateful that they are simply breathing, it is a miracle that they are both even alive after this horrendous assault.’
Ms Karam said in a Facebook post the police had been unable to help and because her partner was unfit to fly home, he needed to have surgery in Bali.
‘We really need all the help we can get right now,’ she said.
The fundraiser has so far received more than $50,000 in donations.