A British father has been blinded and left paralysed after he was bitten by a King Cobra while battling his second bout of coronavirus.
Ian Jones is “touch and go” in intensive care after the terrifying snake attack in a village in India.
The charity workers son, called Seb, said:
“Dad is a fighter, during his time out in India he had already suffered from Malaria and Dengue Fever even before COVID-19.
“And yet he had remained resolute in his determination to stay in the country and continue his work help the people that needed his support.
“He had not been able to travel home due to the pandemic and as a family we understood his desire to continue to support the many people who relied on him.
“We were naturally concerned about him though and then when we heard he had also suffered what is usually a fatal snake bite on top of all that he had been through, we honestly could not believe it. ”
The son further added: ” “It really has been touch and go, he is stable at the moment although he has paralysis in his legs and blindness, both of which we hope is temporary.
“We are extremely grateful to his colleagues there who have been brilliant and rallied around him in his time of need, as indeed he did for them.”
The charity that the suffering father works for has now set up a Go Fund Me page in an attempt to pay for his care and bring him back to the UK.
The incident took place in Jodphur, which is where much of the furniture is produced in India and shipped to the UK although the factory workers live in poverty and are paid a pittance by their bosses.
Whilst they produce wooden furniture in sheesham and mango wood that retails at high prices in European stores, the factory and village workers work to less than the equivalent of £3 an hour.
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