A BACKPACKER from Ammanford that had been stranded in Cambodia after getting sepsis through a mosquito bite has now been moved to a Thai hospital.
Having been in Cambodia for two months, Calvin Hill, 27, was flown to Thailand on Sunday (Jul 8) in a medic plane, where he is estimated to spend another month.
His family have spent £8,000 travelling back and forth since May. Mr Hill has been previously been declared fit to fly by hospital staff after coming out of a coma, however his insurer, Flexicover, said they did not want him to travel for fears of him being put at ‘unnecessary risk’.
Talking to the BBC, Mr Hill’s mother, Tracey, said that he was found in his hotel room ‘not breathing properly’.
He then collapsed after ‘feeling groggy’ following mosquito bites.
She said: “He was on life support. On three different occasions, we were told he wouldn’t make it, and that his liver, kidneys and lungs were failing.”
However, after two weeks in a coma, Mr Hill woke up and soon made good progress, being able to move his limbs and talk. Despite this, Mr Hill is now half his original weight and has a hole in his foot.
Mrs Hill said: “It was a miracle. I’m not a religious person, but these things do really happen.”
Flexicover later agreed to pay for his treatment and fly him to Thailand, before a 14-hour flight to the UK.
His mother added: “They are saying he’s too unwell to bring home, but he’s never going to get better until he comes home.
“It’s such a simple thing to be bitten by a mosquito, but life has changed for us – Calvin will never be the same person.”
A spokesman for the insurance company said: “We appreciate that Mr Hill’s friends and family are keen for his return to the UK which we will fully support at a time that is medically appropriate.
“We never put our customers in situations which could lead to unnecessary risk.”
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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