Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Al Wilson holds a photo of his injured son Tyler yesterday at the Yardbird Suite. Behind Al are his daughters Lindsay, left, and Erin. Tyler suffered a brain injury after a fall in Thailand. The family held a pair of fundraisers yesterday as they struggled to cover about $150,000 in related medical bills.


The family of an Edmonton man who lost part of his brain after a fall in Thailand says they’re thankful for the support they’ve received after two fundraisers yesterday.

Tyler Wilson, a graduate of Strathcona Composite High School, was showing off his apartment in Bangkok to a friend when he tumbled over the edge and struck his head on a concrete roof nearly five metres below.

The fall left him in a coma for 10 days and left part of his brain swollen to such an extent that it had to be removed.

His stay in hospital after successfully fighting for his life, along with the trip to get him home to a Canadian hospital, has cost his family $150,000.

Since Tyler’s father, Al, is an active jazz musician, the family was able to raise money at a musical gathering yesterday at the Yardbird Suite, followed up by another fundraiser at Suite 69 nightclub last night.

And with a recent corporate fundraiser in Calgary, Tyler’s sister says the family already has a large amount of money raised to pay for the pile of medical bills.

"After all of this, we might have a large chunk of this covered and it’s been really good that everyone has come together to help us out," said sister Lindsay Wilson.

His family now says Tyler is getting better and is able to talk, but still remains in a Calgary hospital.

"Just all the well wishes that we have been receiving on Facebook have been just amazing," said Lindsay.

"We’ll take a laptop computer to him in hospital and we’ll show him all the letters.