Backpackers kin by side

THE family of an English backpacker, who is in intensive care after an accident at Rainbow Beach, HAS flown out to be at his bedside, his local paper the Royston Crow reported.

Conrad Wellstead, 24, of Royston, England, has been in an induced coma since falling from a trailer in Spectrum Street on March 23.

His parents, Michael and Stephanie Wellstead, have flown out to be with him, while his girlfriend Claire Goodbody, who was travelling in Thailand, has joined them. Conrad’s sister Melanie Wellstead remained in England.

“Conrad slipped and fell on Rainbow Beach, and became unconscious straight away,” Miss Wellstead told the Royston Crow. “We don’t know when he’s going to come round – they’ve said it could be two weeks or two months. We’re hoping to find out more in the next few days.”

Mr Wellstead had just celebrated his 24th birthday and was travelling with friends when the accident occurred.

“Conrad had been travelling for two months. He was planning an eight-month trip to see the world,” Miss Wellstead said and added that it had been “a distressing time” for the family.

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