A Brit who’s fallen ill in Thailand is now facing the possibility that he’ll be stranded in the Kingdom’s KohSamui island following his hospitalization, where his hospital bills have gone up into the thousands.
George Gannon, 29, woke up on September 25 and discovered, to his horror, that he could no longer speak or move his legs. The social media consultant and DJ, who has lived in the Kingdom since 2014, was hospitalized, where diagnosis revealed that he had a malignant brain tumour.
Now, the Basing stoke-born expat, is facing increasing medical bills, which include, among others, £3,500 for an operation, as he hasn’t consulted some of the best health insurance in Thailand meaning he was caught off-guard.
His family, who was informed of his condition by his girlfriend Natalie Hobbs, have been told that getting George back home would cost around £100,000. His 53-year-old mother, Sarah Evison, describes the situation as utterly terrifying. She says that she was in bed and noted that she had missed several missed messages on her phone. It wasn’t until she went downstairs that she learned that it was Natalie informing her of what had happened to George.
Doctors believe that the malignant tumor, located on the left side of his frontal lobe, could be a recurrence of his skin cancer, which he battled back in 2013. The self-employed consultant, who lives in KohPhangan reported about headaches for weeks before suddenly losing movement on the 25th of September.
They report that the best-case scenario for George that he could be home by three weeks, but they are uncertain of the matter. The doctors say that it was unlikely that something like this would happen, considering the operation George underwent.
The family has opted not to get the best health insurance in Thailand, and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help George get treatment back home. In five days, they’ve already raised £20,000, which Ms.Evison describes as overwhelming and heartwarming.
She says that they’re quite lucky, receiving donations and messages from concerned people from across the world. Even amidst the locals, people are holding raffles and bucket collections in KohPhangang.