A Briton who contracted malaria, dengue fever and Covid-19 while working for a charity in India is now fighting to recover from a poisonous cobra bite.
After running the Infectious Disease Challenge, Ian Jones was bitten by the deadly snake in a village near Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in western India. Although lucky to survive the bite, he now suffers from blindness and paralysis of his legs.
The Isle of Wight man’s family claim he spent nearly two weeks in intensive care but has now been discharged from hospital due to a shortage of beds and a high number of patients with coronavirus. Jones is “very scared” by his condition, but his doctors hope he can make a full recovery.
“Dad is a fighter, during his stay in India, he had already suffered from malaria and dengue fever before Covid-19” her son, Seb Jones, said on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay his father’s medical bills and return to the UK.
The former healthcare worker runs a charity that helps traditional Rajasthani artisans import their products to Britain to help lift them out of poverty.
When the pandemic broke, Jones chose to stay in India to help support the community in which the charity operates. “When we learned that he had also suffered what is usually a deadly snakebite on top of everything he had been through, we honestly couldn’t believe it.” his son added.
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