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Monday, 28 March 2016

Photos: Nigerian-born doctor critically injured in Las Vegas crash thanks well wishers who donated £200,000 for his treatment

Nigerian-born London doctor today, thanked well-wishers who donated almost £200,000 to cover his treatment while he was in coma and fighting for his life after being hit by a lorry in Las Vegas. Read initial story here

Dr Sebastian Kola-Bankole, 35, told how the money has helped pay for operations on his spine, ears and arteries – as well as a specially-arranged flight back to the UK – to put him on the road to a full recovery.
 
Thousands of people from all over the world donated to a GoFundMe page set up by his friends after the horrific accident near the Hard Rock Hotel during a holiday in the US six weeks ago.

Speaking to the Standard from the north London rehabilitation unit where he is recovering, Dr Kola-Bankole said: “My best friend Alex told we had the GoFundMe and he told me how much was raised and I just burst into tears because it was so overwhelming.

He explained what it meant and how it had spread all over the world.
"I just cried tears of joy. I had no idea the world could be so nice. I don’t use Twitter, but I heard there was even a hashtag using my name that was trending."
 

Dr Kola-Bankole’s rehabilitation is expected to take time but doctors are hopeful of him making a full recovery. The medical professional, who specialised in sexual health and HIV when he worked at the Royal London Hospital, is now the patient himself and spends two to three hours a day undergoing intensive physiotherapy.

He has two broken ankles, a fractured scapula restricting movement in his arm, and neuropathic pain in his hands due to nerve damage. He said he regretted not taking out travel insurance before flying out to the US after deciding he could not afford it - and urged others not to make the same mistake.

"I need to tell people don’t be like me. It might seem expensive but it could definitely help in the long run. The costs needed to get me back were astronomical. It could happen to anyone. What I did probably anyone has done. I’m not a person that would normally do such a thing. Yes it’s my fault but everyone makes those kinds of mistakes"

Mr Kola-Bankole, who says he recalls nothing of the crash on February 15, paid tribute to his “amazing” friends and expressed his deep gratitude to all those who contributed to his GoFundMe campaign.

"I’m overwhelmed and completely speechless," he said. "All I can say is thank you very much. The generous donations will not go to waste. Every day I’m getting stronger."

Source: Evening Standard

43 comments:

STERN said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Gideon Ukachukwu said...

Wow..

Anthony Adeyemi said...

Thank God for his life ... Happy easter to u all .

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judith hanrankis said...

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Adenike Bamigboye said...

Am happy for his health now

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Hes so lucky to be alive...

fashioncrip said...

May God guide and protect him amen

Juliet Iwuno said...

I thank God his life. Linda take note!

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Unique Treasure said...

noted

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Get well soon bro.

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Thank God 4ur life


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Ohiren's Zone said...

Hmmm.when you have kind hearted friends and God on your side...then the world would be an amazing place to live in.Very Nice.

Ogbukwa Blessing said...

Thank Goodness he's recovering

Jamila Shaibu said...

Thank God for his life.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

I wish him speedy complete recovery


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Ayodeji Ogunseye said...

God bless you doctor, wishing you a speedy and full recovery. God got your back Doc

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Anonymous said...

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Ogenah Boris said...

Good to know he is alive and will get better soon

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Olaide Davies said...

God will make you whole again in Jesus name amen.

DJ Cnior said...

Get better ogbeni

Iphie Abraham said...

Wow! Thank God he's getting better






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joy said...

Thank God for your life!

Pearlie said...

Thank God for sparing his life

keke driver said...

God bless you sir.

Demmy said...

I remember dis story wow,,,,, tank God for bringing him back n we trust u Lord to heal him perfectly IJN.

PrettyChi said...

Thank God he is okay now

ghipanache said...

Awww,so touching,tank God u made it.

Graciejay said...

Thank God 4 sparing your life. I pray he makes you whole.

Graciejay said...

Thank God 4 sparing your life. I pray he makes you whole.

Nnenne George said...

He was given a second chance to live. Go and make peace with your maker. You're healed completely IJN🙏

Yetty k said...

It s gud 2 v good friends.friends dt wud be dere 4 u wen u r in need

ahabike daniel said...

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kamustaka79 bluestone said...

Very lucky my dear. Glory be to God. He needs to do a thanksgiving unto the Lord.

Anonymous said...

How can a doctor not have a travel insurance?

Vivian Oboigbe said...

Thank you Jesus Christ of Nazareth

Xclucive Eve said...

I'm Happy To Hear This

Anonymous said...

How can you not mind your business. Aproko

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