Ian Jones, a former healthcare worker from the Isle of Wight, is out of hospital and on the road to recovery after surviving an Indian Black King Cobra bite – but he has been left blind and has paralysis in his legs.
As previously reported by Island Echo, Ian, who runs a charity-backed social enterprise importing fairly traded crafts from India, has been in intensive care since he suffered a poisonous bite whilst already battling a second bout of COVID-19. Ian is now out of hospital but is wheelchair-bound.
Facing mounting medical bills and being unable to leave the country, a fundraiser was launched by Ian’s family. To date, it has raised over £17,800.
His family have updated supporters on the situation and have thanked all of those who have donated to the appeal…
“The charity, Ian and his family are hugely grateful for the incredible response to the fundraising appeal. We had no idea it would generate such an amazing global response and we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support, we are so very grateful.
“While Ian is out of hospital he is not out of the woods yet – he has paralysis in his legs and is therefore confined to a wheelchair and he is also totally blind, both as a result of the Cobra venom, which is extremely frightening for him. We take some comfort though from the fact that he is back amongst more familiar surroundings and with his beloved dog Rocky and able to enjoy some cuddles again.
“We are doing everything we can to try and bring him home so he can continue his recovery here with us and we will keep you posted on his progress.
“Thank you again for all your support and donations”.
The Go Fund Me page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-ian-fight-deadly-cobra-bite-amp-covid19.