A MERSEYSIDE couple on a five-year expedition around the globe discovered that they would ‘never walk alone’ in the most unlikely of places.
Catherine Burns, 33, and her fiancé Dave Hagan, 32, were involved in a serious motorbike crash on a dirt road near a remote village in Laos, near Thailand.
But when they arrived at a tiny hospital where no one spoke English, the last thing they were expecting, nearly 6,000 miles from home, was the doctor treating them to be a huge Liverpool FC fan.
Speaking from his hotel in Bangkok, Dave told the ECHO: “Catherine was hurt really badly. We had been in India but our six-month visa was up so we left and travelled to Thailand with the plan to return two months later. We decided to cross the border to Laos and on our first day we hired a motorbike.
“We were taking a corner and the brakes failed. Catherine took the brunt of the crash. It had been raining and we started to skid.
“Catherine was driving and although she was wearing a helmet, she went down and scraped her face along the ground as we skidded.
“Her face was covered in blood and she had two really deep wounds. Later we found out that she had torn a muscle under her forehead.”
Unable to ride the bike the couple flagged down some passers-by who gave them a lift to the hospital in the nearby village of Luang Namtha.
Dave, a former charity manager, said: “The hospital had very basic medical facilities. No one spoke English and we were brought in to see the doctor.
“He asked us where we were from and we said Liverpool and he was delighted.