Thousands raised to bring gay UK doctor home following ‘horrific’ accident in Las Vegas
Sebastian Kola-Bankole remains in a critical condition after being hit by a lorry while attending a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas.
The family of a junior doctor left critically injured when he was hit by a lorry in Las Vegas say they are “overwhelmed” after a public appeal to bring him home raised almost £175,000 in under a week.
Dr Sebastian Kola-Bankole flew to the city to attend a friend’s wedding before the accident outside a hotel on February 15.
He remains in a medically-induced coma in a Las Vegas hospital, where he has undergone emergency operations on his ears, arteries and spine, and is described as being in a critical but stable condition.
After friends and family failed to find any record of travel insurance they began to worry about how to pay for his mounting cost of his care.
His best friend Alexander Ademokun decided to turn to the public for for help – setting up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the treatment.
The campaign has quickly gained traction, with £165,000 raised for Seb’s medical care in under a week.
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“We are overwhelmed by your generosity and can’t wait to tell Seb how you’ve all pulled together to help get him back home,” an update on the campaign’s fundraising page reads.
“Thank you all for your donations, comments and suggestions. We continue to do all we can to trace any possibility of his insurance and will contact the ombudsman tomorrow.”
“We are also discussing with consultants who can take him on in the UK and hopefully should have a plan in place soon ready for whenever he is medically able to be transferred.”
The incident is currently being investigated by police.
To donate to the campaign visit Seb’s GoFundMe page.