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Mystery behind Aussie’s horror Bali injuries revealed

Rebecca Ode was living in Bali when she suffered life-changing injuries.

Rebecca Ode was living in Bali when she suffered life-changing injuries. Photo: TND

Balinese police have reportedly revealed the cause of horrific injuries suffered by an Australian woman who was found after a mystery incident.

Newcastle woman Rebecca Ode was fighting for her life after she was found on Nusa Lembongan island earlier this week.

The 36-year-old was treated for a brain haemorrhage, shattered eye socket, cheekbones and collarbone after bering rushed Denpasar’s Ngoerah General Hospital.

She had 14 hours of surgery to stem the bleeding in her brain and to save her eye.

The ABC reports that a police statement blamed a scooter accident. Bali police said Ode was driving a Yamaha scooter which crashed into a parked motorbike.

She reportedly woke in hospital with amnesia and asked “‘What happened to me’,” neurosurgeon specialist Professor Tjokorda Gde Bagus Mahadewa told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We conducted several things, such as correction to her head bones. She had also suffered a leak in the brain,” said Mahadewa.

“Then we did a correction on her face and nose because it’s all broken.

“An ophthalmologist was also involved to handle her right eye, while an orthopedic specialist performed surgery to her bones.

“The ophthalmologist has said that her eye may cannot be saved.

“She is also suffering amnesia. She can’t remember the accident at all.”

Ode’s family back in Australia learned of the incident through a phone call early on Tuesday.

“‘I’m a friend of Becky’s in Bali, she’s been in a tragic accident’,” her brother-in-law Jesse Wilton said he was told.

“I said ‘Give it to me straight, how bad is it?

“‘It is bad’.”

Wilton told the ABC that Ode’s injuries were so severe, her face was likely to be permanently changed.

“She has lost an eye, fractured two cheekbones and a jaw and has surgery as well on her collarbone,” he said.

“She’s also got haemorrhaging in the brain and air pockets in the skull.”

Rebecca Ode may lose an eye. Photo: Supplied

Ode, who moved to Bali about six months ago after the death of her father, was transferred by boat from Nusa Lembongan to a specialist hospital in Denpasar.

Her mother and sister rushed to Bali to be by her beside. Back home, her family is trying to raise the expected $250,000 it will cost to fly her back to Australia.

Ode’s family initially didn’t know how she was injured, and suspected she may have been a victim of a hit and run.

“She is such a beautiful girl and deserves everything,” her sister Jordyn Ode said.

Fundraising has been started for Rebecca Ode. Photo: GoFundMe

Wilton started a GoFundMe page to help the family cover Ode’s medical bills, also bring her back to Australia.

“The main outcome is to get her out of Bali and get her into Aussie care,” he said.

“[We are looking at] $140,000 for a Medivac and close to $70,000 in hospital bills since Monday.

“We are bracing for a quarter of a million dollars just to get her home.”

The page had raised just over $137,000 by Friday morning.

Wilton said Ode’s insurance coverage was unclear but was being investigated.

“It will be one step at a time, but an expensive journey, if we all pull together we can make a big difference,” he said.

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