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Over £65k raised for UK doctor critically-injured in the US

MEDICALLY-INDUCED COMA: Sebastian Kola-Bankole

FRIENDS OF a junior doctor who was critically-injured while holidaying in Las Vegas are calling on public support to raise much-needed funds to bring him back to the UK.

The campaign to get NHS junior doctor Sebastian Kola-Bankole back to the UK to receive further medical treatment has raised £66,000 of its £250,000 target.

According to the campaign page on GoFundMe, the 35-year-old doctor was involved in an accident on Monday (Feb 15) that has left him in critical, but stable condition.

He is currently at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centre Intensive Care in Las Vegas where he has had emergency operations on his ears, arteries and spine and is now in a medically-induced coma

The financial challenge is due to the absence of travel insurance.

The page, started by friend Alexander Ademokun, explains: “Despite always previously travelling with insurance, we are unable to find documents for this trip.”

According to friends and family, the doctor who has dedicated eight years to working in the NHS has no other resource to pay for his treatment - the cost of which has been estimated to be well over £100,000.

The intention of the campaign is to return the junior doctor back to the UK to continue to receive treatment on the long road to recovery.


VIBRANT AND CARING: Kola-Bankole is a junior doctor in the UK

Ademokun, a close friend spearheading the campaign thanked members of the public for their initial support that has seen the campaign raise more than 20 per cent of its goal in 24 hours.

He updated the page last night (Feb 21), adding: “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.

Thank you all for your donations, comments and suggestions.”

He shared further details of his friend’s condition and said he was in discussions with consultants who are prepared to accommodate Kola-Bankola as soon as he is medially cleared to travel.

Kola-Bankola, or Seb as he is known to his close friends, has been described as a hardworking man whose kind character is reflected in the immediate support his campaign has received.

Messages of support under the hashtag #BringBackSeb have circulated social media with the hopes of garnering further support.

Mel Sebepos-Rogers described him as “one of the kindest people you could meet”.

“I feel so sad to think of Seb, such a vibrant, caring & good dr & colleague lying in a hospital bed miles from home #bringbackseb x,” added Sarah Murphy.

For details on how you can support the campaign please visit https://www.gofundme.com/59q92jcs

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