A resident of the English Isle of Wight had been ill with some of the most dangerous diseases, but his troubles did not end there. In mid-November, he was bitten by a king cobra, delivering two blows to the man’s hand. After that, his legs gave up and his eyesight was lost.
Ian Jones runs the Indian division of the Sabirian charity. Together with other volunteers, he helps local artisans sell their handicrafts around the world. The company is based in a small village near the city of Jodhpur (Rajasthan state).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ian was unable to return home. In March, he was diagnosed with COVID-19, and before that, he had already suffered from malaria and dengue fever. Despite everything, the Briton continued to help people. Who would have thought that another mortal danger awaited him ahead.
On that ill-fated day, he was in the warehouse with his dog Rocky. She attracted the owner’s attention with a loud bark. When Ian reached out to calm her down, he didn’t notice the snake. Cobra attacked, stinging him twice. Such meetings are usually fatal if the antidote is not administered in time.
Now the worst is over. Ian was transported from the hospital back to the base. The employees of the organization look after him. The Briton and his family hope that his eyesight will be restored and he can walk again. The GoFundMe platform collects money for the treatment and transportation of a man to the UK. Those who wish to help can do it here.