Seb back to the UK for treatment

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My name is Alexander Ademokun. I am raising money to fund the repatriation and continued care of my oldest and best friend Sebastian Kola-Bankole. I have known Seb since we were both 10 and met at school. He was best-man at my wedding and is godfather to my kids. I am doing this with support of his friends and family.

The primary aim of the funds is to cover his medical repatriation costs from Vegas to the UK. These costs are likely to be significant and depend on a number of things: if he is on a commercial or charter flight; how many medical staff he needs to travel with him and the nature of the aircraft and equipment required to bring him back. We will then use any other funds to support his ongoing costs of care.

Sebastian Kola-Bankole is a 35-year-old British doctor who has dedicated 8 years to working in the NHS.

Tragically, he was travelling in the United States when he w
9279467_1456214086.8202_funddescription.as involved in an accident on Monday 15th February. 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. He is currently in a critical but stable condition; his recovery will be lengthy.

Despite always previously travelling with insurance, we are unable to find documents for this trip. He has no other resources to pay for his treatment - the cost of which will be well over £100,000. We hope that he will return to the UK as soon as is medically possible, however this may take some time.

We, his friends and family, are trying to raise the money for the continuation of his treatment and relocation to the UK.

Please share with his friends and others who would like to help. Any support is gratefully received.

Thank you.
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Well the big day is finally here. 3 months and 3 days after the accident that spawned that rather graphic photo of me in the Intensive Care Unit in Las Vegas, I have been discharged home from the hospital. Whilst there is a part of me that cringes when I think that's what people see when they google my name, I am also honoured to be a part of a truly humbling story about the kindness of strangers and the power of social media. Your support, plus the tireless work of the medical, surgical, nursing and allied health teams, have meant that I could walk out of the hospital, slowly but unaided and carrying a bag!

To all my friends, colleagues, acquaintances and strangers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all somehow got together to create this wonderful movement and I will forever be grateful. As for now, I'm going to my bed in my own home. #bringbackSeb

Lots of love

Seb
Last day in hospital.
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Seb continues to make an incredible recovery. Here he is at the weekend just before going in for yet another procedure (hopefully his last). His progress in the last week has blown our minds.
Same smiley Seb!
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Thank you for your support to bring Seb back home. He is doing well, and although he has a long road to recovery, Seb is strong and I have no doubt he will get there.

Now he is here I wanted to update you on what we have been doing with the money you've donated.

As of 8am this morning you have raised £197,351.00. The majority of this has gone to pay for Seb's repatriation costs and his hospital bill. The hospital initially quoted in excess of a million dollars however, like a number of people suggested, we were able to negotiate a significant discount on the basis of paying immediately. Thanks to your generosity we were in a position to do that and as of this morning have settled with the hospital for a much lower six figure sum.

That settlement covers the care he received while staying in ICU for over two weeks but does not cover the specialists he saw in that time as they bill separately. As such there may still be further bills down the line.

We have some money left from your donations and I have deliberately not closed the fundraising page as we don't know what those additional bills will be. Seb is also likely to have long term medical care costs which we also hope to be able to support. Once he has been fully assessed by his doctors we will have a better sense of his prognosis.

Thank you all once again for your generosity and kindness.
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I'm so pleased to say that Seb is safely back in the UK. He landed this afternoon and has been transferred to intensive care for assessment.

I can't thank you all enough for your support to help bring Seb home, we genuinely wouldn't be here without all of you.

I also want to thank the doctors that looked after him in the US, they've done an incredible job and we are all grateful.

I also want to say a massive thank you to all Seb's friends and colleagues in the NHS who have rallied round to make things happen here. We are so grateful and proud to have an NHS.
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Katharine Carpenter
24 months ago

Hi BBC London News (TV) would like to give Seb's plight some coverage, please could you give me a call on 07834 845529.

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Dino Motti
24 months ago

It could have happened to any of us. Let us all be Seb's insurance policy. He is not alone.

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Isabel Nunez
24 months ago

Hi Alexander - I am a Brit who used to work for the NHS (Speech & Language Therapist) and who now lives/works in Las Vegas. We live fairly close to Sunrise Hospital, so if there is anything we can do for Seb from this end, please let us know. We'd be happy to visit him or to take any items he might need into the hospital. You can PM me on Facebook if there's anything we could help with :)

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Andrew Dagnell
24 months ago

Hi - Andrew here from ITV News London. please can you call me on 020 7430 4000 ? We want to feature this campaign on our programme.

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Geof Elgie
24 months ago

if you go to the insurance ombudsman with full name, dob and NI number they have means of tracing any insurance policy

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Jason Warriner
24 months ago

Seb volunteers as a doctor in the Healthcare Service at Crisis at Christmas. It is only a few weeks ago that he was helping homeless people in London. We are sharing the link to this page across the Crisis at Christmas volunteers on Facebook. Seb - we are all thinking of you.

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Fiona Lilley
24 months ago
6
6

Just a thought - is there any way Richard Branson could be approached, I have always admired his philanthropic attitude , he seems a genuine individual and this would be an ideal opportunity for him to show it via Virgin Atlantic.....

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Phil Whitaker
24 months ago
5
5

I know you'll have thought of this, but does the lorry driver have insurance, and is there any liability there? Keep up the amazing work; if a person can be judged by the quality of his friends, then Seb must be a very special guy indeed.

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Chris Nortcliff
24 months ago
5
5

I'm sure this has been thought of but does Seb have insurance through his bank account? Mine is through this and I don't have any documents, just my bank card.

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Baronessj Jummy Ariyo
24 months ago
4
4

I have posted Seb's story on my blogsite Baronessj.com including the link to this site. I have also published the appeal on all my other SM sites. I shall also be mentioning the appeal on my radio show BaronesJ's World on NaijaFM this evening at 6pm. Hope to hear good news soon x

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Charlie Korving
24 months ago
4
4

When my husband was lying in intensive care with a severe brain injury it was heroes like Seb who saved him. I know the fear and the uncertainty of this time and send you all our love and hope along with our donation. Charlie & Jake Korving xxxx

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Alexander Ademokun
24 months ago
4
4

Thanks for the suggestions. We've gone through his emails and can't find anything. The ombudsman suggestion is a good one. They are not open on Sundays but I've found the number and will follow up tomorrow. I have all the personal information suggested below so hopefully they can trace anything even something he may have had ages ago but is still valid.

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Daz Faraz
24 months ago
3
3

I'm a friend of Seb's from the UK and will be on business in San Fran this week. Vegas wouldn't be too difficult for me to get to, please let me know if that's helpful in any way? Have also hit up media contacts to help spread the word further. Will get them to drop a note on here should they want more info.

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Michael A. Oakes
24 months ago
3
3

Hi all. Raising awareness using Twitter is going to help. #BringBackSeb seems to be the most widely used hashtag. Also tag people who can help - organisations like the BMA (and US cointerparts), the NHS, medical associations, leading influencers in the medical world, and news sources like BBC London etc. Let's get him home!

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Charles Sylvester
24 months ago
2
2

As a medical Doctor that has saved many lives and is now fighting for his life. The least we can do is donate and pray that the almighty God will be merciful unto Dr Seb and heal him in Jesus name Amen

+ Read More
Ameet Vaghela
24 months ago
2
2

Does anyone know if the GMC or other professional body for doctors will help with raising funds for Seb? Or even to raise awareness amongst fellow doctors? I worked with Seb during his foundation year so I'm going to get in touch with the consultants at that hospital to see if they can help.

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Vinnie Omoiya Bose Omoiya
24 months ago
1
1

The truck driver insurance need to covered all the medical expensive bcos I cannot believed what my friend is telling me that the police are doing investigation to know who is at fault, this is not true bcos this involved lives so the truck driver can covered it, if the families need a good lawyer I can be of help

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JulieAnne YipCheeFong
24 months ago
1
1

Please check to see if he was traveling with travel insurance from his credit card used to book plane tickets, hotel etc. Usually has lots of conditions unfavorable to the traveller but worth a shot....

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Matthew Toal
24 months ago
1
1

Just a thought but I don't know if this might qualify for the BMA hardship charities? (http://www.bma.org.uk/support-at-work/doctors-well-being/websites-for-doctors-in-difficulty#financial)

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Sudha B
24 months ago
1
1

Contact the british embassy, they will be able to help with finding documents and repatriation

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Katharine Carpenter
24 months ago

Hi BBC London News (TV) would like to give Seb's plight some coverage, please could you give me a call on 07834 845529.

+ Read More
Dino Motti
24 months ago

It could have happened to any of us. Let us all be Seb's insurance policy. He is not alone.

+ Read More
Isabel Nunez
24 months ago

Hi Alexander - I am a Brit who used to work for the NHS (Speech & Language Therapist) and who now lives/works in Las Vegas. We live fairly close to Sunrise Hospital, so if there is anything we can do for Seb from this end, please let us know. We'd be happy to visit him or to take any items he might need into the hospital. You can PM me on Facebook if there's anything we could help with :)

+ Read More
Andrew Dagnell
24 months ago

Hi - Andrew here from ITV News London. please can you call me on 020 7430 4000 ? We want to feature this campaign on our programme.

+ Read More
Geof Elgie
24 months ago

if you go to the insurance ombudsman with full name, dob and NI number they have means of tracing any insurance policy

+ Read More
Jason Warriner
24 months ago

Seb volunteers as a doctor in the Healthcare Service at Crisis at Christmas. It is only a few weeks ago that he was helping homeless people in London. We are sharing the link to this page across the Crisis at Christmas volunteers on Facebook. Seb - we are all thinking of you.

+ Read More
Fiona Lilley
24 months ago
6
6

Just a thought - is there any way Richard Branson could be approached, I have always admired his philanthropic attitude , he seems a genuine individual and this would be an ideal opportunity for him to show it via Virgin Atlantic.....

+ Read More
Phil Whitaker
24 months ago
5
5

I know you'll have thought of this, but does the lorry driver have insurance, and is there any liability there? Keep up the amazing work; if a person can be judged by the quality of his friends, then Seb must be a very special guy indeed.

+ Read More
Chris Nortcliff
24 months ago
5
5

I'm sure this has been thought of but does Seb have insurance through his bank account? Mine is through this and I don't have any documents, just my bank card.

+ Read More
Baronessj Jummy Ariyo
24 months ago
4
4

I have posted Seb's story on my blogsite Baronessj.com including the link to this site. I have also published the appeal on all my other SM sites. I shall also be mentioning the appeal on my radio show BaronesJ's World on NaijaFM this evening at 6pm. Hope to hear good news soon x

+ Read More
Charlie Korving
24 months ago
4
4

When my husband was lying in intensive care with a severe brain injury it was heroes like Seb who saved him. I know the fear and the uncertainty of this time and send you all our love and hope along with our donation. Charlie & Jake Korving xxxx

+ Read More
Alexander Ademokun
24 months ago
4
4

Thanks for the suggestions. We've gone through his emails and can't find anything. The ombudsman suggestion is a good one. They are not open on Sundays but I've found the number and will follow up tomorrow. I have all the personal information suggested below so hopefully they can trace anything even something he may have had ages ago but is still valid.

+ Read More
Daz Faraz
24 months ago
3
3

I'm a friend of Seb's from the UK and will be on business in San Fran this week. Vegas wouldn't be too difficult for me to get to, please let me know if that's helpful in any way? Have also hit up media contacts to help spread the word further. Will get them to drop a note on here should they want more info.

+ Read More
Michael A. Oakes
24 months ago
3
3

Hi all. Raising awareness using Twitter is going to help. #BringBackSeb seems to be the most widely used hashtag. Also tag people who can help - organisations like the BMA (and US cointerparts), the NHS, medical associations, leading influencers in the medical world, and news sources like BBC London etc. Let's get him home!

+ Read More
Charles Sylvester
24 months ago
2
2

As a medical Doctor that has saved many lives and is now fighting for his life. The least we can do is donate and pray that the almighty God will be merciful unto Dr Seb and heal him in Jesus name Amen

+ Read More
Ameet Vaghela
24 months ago
2
2

Does anyone know if the GMC or other professional body for doctors will help with raising funds for Seb? Or even to raise awareness amongst fellow doctors? I worked with Seb during his foundation year so I'm going to get in touch with the consultants at that hospital to see if they can help.

+ Read More
Vinnie Omoiya Bose Omoiya
24 months ago
1
1

The truck driver insurance need to covered all the medical expensive bcos I cannot believed what my friend is telling me that the police are doing investigation to know who is at fault, this is not true bcos this involved lives so the truck driver can covered it, if the families need a good lawyer I can be of help

+ Read More
JulieAnne YipCheeFong
24 months ago
1
1

Please check to see if he was traveling with travel insurance from his credit card used to book plane tickets, hotel etc. Usually has lots of conditions unfavorable to the traveller but worth a shot....

+ Read More
Matthew Toal
24 months ago
1
1

Just a thought but I don't know if this might qualify for the BMA hardship charities? (http://www.bma.org.uk/support-at-work/doctors-well-being/websites-for-doctors-in-difficulty#financial)

+ Read More
Sudha B
24 months ago
1
1

Contact the british embassy, they will be able to help with finding documents and repatriation

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