Appeal for India coma victim Sean hits £45k

This Is Wiltshire: Sean Connolly Sean Connolly

A FUND set up to help a young man fighting for his life in an Indian hospital has reached £45,000.

Sean Connolly, 26, who grew up in Liden before moving to London, set off for a two-week holiday earlier this month but was found collapsed in the street the next day.

He has spent more than a week critically ill in a coma with brain damage, a fever of the brain and respiratory problems, although he was yesterday showing signs of improvement and was off the ventilator.

How the former Dorcan Technology College student sustained his injuries is a mystery as he cannot speak, although it is not thought he was attacked as he has no marks on his body.

He had no travel insurance and it is costing up to £1,000 a day to keep him in intensive care in a country where high-quality treatment has to be paid for.

His family and friends started an appeal to bring him home.

They generated £45,000 in just a few days through a fundraising website and Facebook page. They believe they need at least £55,000, The amount raised so far is thought to be just enough to pay to take him back to the UK but his father Martin, who has flown to Mumbai to be by his side, does not want to risk moving him just yet.

His friend Stewart King, 27, said: “It’s not that simple because there are complications.

“Basically his condition is slowly getting better day-by-day so at the moment the doctors are keeping him in hospital in Mumbai.

“There’s no point taking the risk and taking him back to the UK.

“At the moment, the doctors in Mumbai are saying keep him there for the time being to allow him to continue with his progress.

“The problem is his condition is changing on a daily basis. So as much as his dad would like to have him back in the UK, he has got to do what’s best for Sean at the moment.

“He has started breathing for himself which is massive progress and had come off the ventilator.

“Four or five days ago it was really looking bad, but he has come on so much in four days.”

Stewart said he was taken aback at how much had been raised in such a short space of time, with 23,000 members on the Facebook group, £7,500 raised at a pub quiz night in London on Monday, and even an “A-list celebrity”, who he would not identify, making a donation.

“Social media has taken it to the next level,” Steward said. “Through Facebook it’s been in the national press. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount people have raised.

“A lot of people have been touched by the situation.

“A lot of parents have contacted us to say what a horrible situation where a son or daughter is in hospital in India and the mum and family are still in Swindon.”

To donate to Sean’s fund visit www.pledgie.com/campaigns/18410 or search for Help Sean Connolly on Facebook.

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10:21am Thu 25 Oct 12

Coolhandkeith says...

I feel very sad for Sean but in all honesty how irresponsible was it for him to go on a trip like this without travel insurance especially to a place like India and then expect everyone else to pay for his treatment
I feel very sad for Sean but in all honesty how irresponsible was it for him to go on a trip like this without travel insurance especially to a place like India and then expect everyone else to pay for his treatment Coolhandkeith

10:42am Thu 25 Oct 12

Coolhandkeith says...

Although its a very sad situation to be in and I really wish Sean all the best for a quick recovery but I can't help thinking how totally irresponsible it was of him to go on a trip of this nature Without the relevant travel insurance and then expect the rest of the world to bail him out when he falls I'll e.g what will we see next mans car has broken down he has no AA cover please help to get him a tow to the garage sorry mate you made the situation your on your own
Although its a very sad situation to be in and I really wish Sean all the best for a quick recovery but I can't help thinking how totally irresponsible it was of him to go on a trip of this nature Without the relevant travel insurance and then expect the rest of the world to bail him out when he falls I'll e.g what will we see next mans car has broken down he has no AA cover please help to get him a tow to the garage sorry mate you made the situation your on your own Coolhandkeith

11:20am Thu 25 Oct 12

The Real Librarian says...

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Coolhandkeith says...
10:21am Thu 25 Oct 12
I feel very sad for Sean but in all honesty how irresponsible was it for him to go on a trip like this without travel insurance especially to a place like India and then expect everyone else to pay for his treatment”
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I do feel very sorry for this young man's family who have been put in this situation, but he really should have thought about the insurance before he went.

The moral of the story is simple - parents, if your kids are going off on an exciting holiday like this, make sure they have insurance. Insist they do, in fact.

It would have cost Sean less than £75 for all singing, all dancing insurance cover that would have met every cost, given him the very best care and paid for his repatriation with all the medical staff and equipment he needed.

Some banks even throw it in with the optional fees for the better quality of account.
QUOTE Coolhandkeith says... 10:21am Thu 25 Oct 12 I feel very sad for Sean but in all honesty how irresponsible was it for him to go on a trip like this without travel insurance especially to a place like India and then expect everyone else to pay for his treatment” UNQUOTE I do feel very sorry for this young man's family who have been put in this situation, but he really should have thought about the insurance before he went. The moral of the story is simple - parents, if your kids are going off on an exciting holiday like this, make sure they have insurance. Insist they do, in fact. It would have cost Sean less than £75 for all singing, all dancing insurance cover that would have met every cost, given him the very best care and paid for his repatriation with all the medical staff and equipment he needed. Some banks even throw it in with the optional fees for the better quality of account. The Real Librarian

7:08pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Emma64 says...

This situation hardly compares to the example you have just given coolhandkeith. Obviously travel insurance would be expected to be taken out on a trip like that but people make mistakes and I'm sure no-one thinks anything will happen to them, this is what this poor man probably thought and it's just unfortunate it has. I hope he makes a speedy recovery and think its fantastic that people have come together from all around the world to help. Clearly he is not on his own and has a lot of support. :)
This situation hardly compares to the example you have just given coolhandkeith. Obviously travel insurance would be expected to be taken out on a trip like that but people make mistakes and I'm sure no-one thinks anything will happen to them, this is what this poor man probably thought and it's just unfortunate it has. I hope he makes a speedy recovery and think its fantastic that people have come together from all around the world to help. Clearly he is not on his own and has a lot of support. :) Emma64

3:08am Fri 26 Oct 12

niti99 says...

Greetings Friends!'

Air Ambulance International would love to help Sean Connolly go back home!
We are an Air Ambulance company based in Mumbai India and do patient transportation on commercial and charter flights. I wish to have the right person or Sean Dad or friends to get in touch wit us on email - admin@hiflyingllc.co
m. Or Just call us at +91 98211 50889. Or visit us at www.vibha.info. Dr.
Greetings Friends!' Air Ambulance International would love to help Sean Connolly go back home! We are an Air Ambulance company based in Mumbai India and do patient transportation on commercial and charter flights. I wish to have the right person or Sean Dad or friends to get in touch wit us on email - admin@hiflyingllc.co m. Or Just call us at +91 98211 50889. Or visit us at www.vibha.info. Dr. niti99

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