A Nigerian-born doctor, Sebastian Kola-Bankole is battling for life in a Las Vegas hospital after he was hit by a lorry while he was on holiday for a friend’s wedding. Kola-Bankole, 35, broke three vertebrae in his neck and had to undergo emergency surgery on his spine following the collision just off the city’s famous gambling Strip on 15 February. His family flew out to his bedside but were immediately faced with the prospect of mounting medical bills because they could not find a record of him taking out travel insurance. They have now launched a £250,000 fundraising appeal for his treatment and to fly him back home to the UK once he is stable enough to be repatriated. So far more than £70,000 has been raised just 24 hours after the online initiative was launched.
Kola-Bankole, who specialises in infectious diseases, is believed to have been hit outside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas police are investigating the collision. He graduated from University College London in 2008. Until recently he had been based in the infectious diseases department at the Royal London, but had taken time off to go to the US for a trip.