Pro B.C. rugby player suffers traumatic brain injury in car crash abroad

A British Columbia rugby player is slowly waking from a medically induced coma in Indonesia after suffering serious head and arm injuries in a car accident.

Nick Allen, who played for the University of British Columbia and Canada’s national rugby sevens team, allegedly crashed while traveling in Bali on November 7. A fundraiser started by his friends, family.

The 26-year-old was rushed to a local hospital with a traumatic brain injury and injuries to his forearm and shoulder, his relatives said. He underwent surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.

The true extent of Allen’s injuries won’t be known until he is fully awake, but friends and family say he may need physical therapy, brain injury rehabilitation and long-term care.

“Nick is unique. He is one of the kindest, most caring, strong people we know. He has an infectious energy and a laugh that can infect everyone around him. Always someone who will support you. Nick needs our help right now,” the fundraiser wrote.

Starting Saturday (November 12), it has raised more than $135,000 of its $200,000 target as of publication.

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