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British tourist who contracted a rare disease in Thailand is back in the UK

Whilst on holiday in Thailand Craig Lindley came down with some kind of illness. Craig, who is 35 and from Hoyle Mill Barnsley was celebrating his friend’s wedding in Koh Samui. When he woke up New Year’s Day unable to move his legs and function properly. He was admitted to hospital and at first the doctors were unable to diagnose his illness. On Jan 2nd he was transferred from Koh Samui to Surat Thani to have an MRI scan. When the MRI scan was carried out the doctors were still unsure what was causing the illness but suggested it was some craig back hometype of brain stem issue. Money was then raised to transfer Craig to Bangkok. Due to his insurance being invalid Craig and his family set about raising the money for his hospital bills. In Bangkok Craig’s illness was identified as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease in which there is a rapid-onset weakness of the limbs as a result of an acute polyneuropathy, a disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. The disease is usually triggered by an infection, which provokes immune-mediated nerve dysfunction. Many experience changes in sensation or develop pain, followed by muscle weakness beginning in the feet and hands that develops rapidly (between half a day and two weeks). During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening with about a quarter requiring admission to intensive care unit for mechanical ventilation.

During his treatment Craig worked hard to fight his illness and his friends and family worked hard to raise funds to pay for it.

Craig is now back in the UK and posted this message to his friends, family and supporters on the fund raising Facebook page yesterday

As you can see from the headline, I am back home! My family didn’t publish an update yesterday as I was en route back to the UK. I was discharged from Bangkok hospital yesterday afternoon with a fit to fly certificate from the aviation doctor and travelled home on a regular flight with my brother and friend. I arrived at the airport and was greeted by my incredible family and girlfriend. I am now safely back in Barnsley and is still in a good condition following the treatment I’ve had. My medical records are being reviewed by my doctor and local hospital, and I am hoping I won’t need to be admitted to hospital for further treatment. We will of course keep you updated. The treatment I received in Bangkok was first class and I believe that without it, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now. After calculations, the total cost my treatment, hospital care, medical transfer and flight home was £47,000. To date, you have helped to raise an astonishing £37,000! With further donations to be received over the coming days from mini fund raising events across town, plus plans are already being made for a very special fund raising event, we hope to raise the remaining £10,000. Please keep following our page for further updates and details on the fund raising events.

I am delighted to be back home with my family, and this couldn’t have been possible without your incredible support, love and donations. I am overwhelmed by the touching messages I have received and words of encouragement.

Craig Lindley xxx

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