Action star Scott McLean, whose film credits include The Matrix and Ghost Rider, was shooting a daring road stunt as a body double for actor Ed Helms on 17 December (10) when a truck and a car collided.
He was taken to a local medical centre to receive treatment for a severe brain injury and later moved to a hospital in Bangkok, where he was reportedly placed in a medically-induced coma.
McLean’s progress has been slow, but he was recently transported to a hospital in Sydney, where his friends and family have been keeping a bedside vigil.
His partner, Raelene Chapman, reveals McLean, 40, is conscious and he was able to smile for the first time since the accident last week (10Feb11).
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, “One of his friends walked in the room, and his eyes lit up. And there was that infectious smile for the first time. It was the best thing I’ve ever seen.”
However, the longterm effects of the horrific accident won’t be known for months – and Chapman and the McLean family are just hoping for the best.
She says, “Great things can come. We’ve just got to hope he’s one of those miracle stories.”
Bosses at Warner Bros., the studio behind The Hangover movie, have covered all medical and transportation costs as the stuntman continues to receive advanced care.