Surf photographer fights for life in Bali hospital with neck infection that has seen him drop 32kg

A fitness guru and professional surf photographer is fighting for his life in Bali with a neck infection that saw him drop more than 30kg in a month. 

Brad Masters went to Siloam Hospital, near Canggu in the south of the Indonesian island, on Christmas Day after complaining about a swollen gland in his jaw.

The father-of-one, who is originally from Fremantle in Perth, was using antibiotics to treat pneumonia just weeks earlier, but his partner Trish Kincaid said his neck was ‘scarlet and bigger than his head’ by December 25.

Surgeons tried for four weeks to remove the widespread infection but, when the 41-year-old caught a superbug in hospital, he was placed in an induced coma and on life support.

Mr Masters (pictured in hospital) was complaining of neck pain on Christmas Day and went to hospital

Brad Masters (pictured) is a professional surfing and snowboarding photographer who lives in Bali

Brad Masters (pictured) is a professional surfing and snowboarding photographer who lives in Bali

As a personal trainer, avid weightlifter and thrill-seeking surfer who has sought out the most dangerous waves to shoot with world champion Kelly Slater, Mr Masters normally weighs about 90kg.

After spending weeks heavily sedated on life support, the muscled man is a shell of his former self at just 58kg. 

Ms Kincaid told Daily Mail Australia the doting father’s antibiotics were constantly changing after the bug spread to his lungs and he got pneumonia. 

‘The abscess on his neck almost killed him,’ the model said. 

Pictured: One of Mr Masters' professional surfing photos

Pictured: A magazine cover featuring Mr Masters' work

Brad Masters is a known surfing photographer and has been featured in international publications

Pictured: Brad Masters with his model girlfriend Trish Kincaid in Bali. The couple also live with his son, Kai

Pictured: Brad Masters with his model girlfriend Trish Kincaid in Bali. The couple also live with his son, Kai

Pictured: The swelling in Mr Masters' neck on Christmas

Pictured: Mr Masters after his neck was drained

Brad Masters (pictured) went to hospital on Christmas Day because his neck was larger than his head (left)

He was transferred to another hospital and put on a ventilator for three weeks while doctors tried to remove more infection, but the pneumonia came back after the third operation.

‘Brad was then put back on to the ventilator and life support machines under controlled sedation,’ she said.

Doctors were eventually able to clear the infected areas and close the wound on his neck, but Mr Masters’ now has a hefty medical bill because insurance company rejected his claims.

Pictured: Brad Masters with his partner Trish Kincaid. Ms Kincaid is a gymnastics teacher in Bali

Pictured: Brad Masters with his partner Trish Kincaid. Ms Kincaid is a gymnastics teacher in Bali

Pictured: Mr Masters with heavy weights at a gym in Bali. He was a healthy and fit sportsman before he got sick

Pictured: Mr Masters with heavy weights at a gym in Bali. He was a healthy and fit sportsman before he got sick

Pictured: One of Brad Masters' surfing photographs. The 41-year-old was extremely fit before got sick

Pictured: One of Brad Masters’ surfing photographs. The 41-year-old was extremely fit before got sick

‘Apparently [the neck infection] is one of the few infections not covered under the policy,’ Ms Kincaid said. 

‘The medical cost for his treatment is in excess of $75,000 and increasing daily by $3,500.’

To give Mr Masters a fighting chance at survival, the family have pleaded with the community to donate to a GoFundMe campaign.

‘Brad needs to be in ICU possibly for a further month on a mechanical ventilator,’ the fundraiser read.

‘Evacuation is vital for his survival and for his family who are retired to not go into bankruptcy.’

'The medical cost for his treatment is in excess of $75,000 and increasing daily by $3,500,' Ms Kincaid wrote on the fundraiser page

‘The medical cost for his treatment is in excess of $75,000 and increasing daily by $3,500,’ Ms Kincaid wrote on the fundraiser page

Pictured: Mr Masters in Bali

Pictured: Mr Masters with his mother, Biba

Mr Masters’ parents Biba (pictured left) and Russell are unable to fly to see him due to coronavirus border closures

‘He is still going to need ongoing surgeries, treatment and rehab to get back on his feet and hopefully return to a normal life.’

The family hope to repatriate him on a medivac flight back to Australia, but exorbitant costs of about $100,000 stand in the way. 

His parents Biba and Russell are unable to fly to see him due to coronavirus border closures, as his brother Justin – who also lives in Bali – triesto raise enough to get him home to Western Australia.

‘We are all praying in the hope he has the will to fight and return to a healthy state’ Ms Kincaid wrote. 

Mr Masters has lived on the resort island for the last three years with his 11-year-old son Kai.

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