Seb back to the UK for treatment
£198,573 of £250,000 goal
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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