Londonderry girl suffers bleeding on the brain on holiday in Indonesia

Lisa Orsi
Lisa Orsi

The parents of a young Londonderry woman found with bleeding on the brain while on holiday were today due to arrive at her bedside.

Dennis and Sharon Orsi are expected to be met by Irish Embassy staff when they touch down in Asia.

Their daughter Lisa (22) meanwhile was last night still fighting for her life in a hospital on the east of the island of Java, but efforts were being made to move her by air ambulance to better medical facilities in Singapore.

Lisa, who is originally from Woodside Heights in Top Of the Hill area of the city, was found in a state of collapse on Friday at the accommodation where she was staying.

She had moved to the South East Asia region some time ago and was working as a physiotherapist in Singapore.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey spoke to her father before he and his wife began the long journey east on Saturday.

Mr Ramsey said how Lisa had not long returned back to Asia after surprising her family with a visit home for Christmas in December.

Mr Ramsey said: “Obviously her family are quite distressed by it all. The thoughts and prayers from across the city will reassure them.”

He said the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs were already aware of the case and putting arrangements in place in East Asia to assist the family on arrival. Mr Ramsey said the Department had a strong track record of helping families in crisis situations.

An online appeal to help with travel and medical costs has been set up by Lisa’s best friend since childhood Sinead McElhinney at the website address: www.gogetfunding.com/project/pray-for-lisa.

As of yesterday evening over £4,000 had been donated by over 220 people.