Colleagues of a man who was left for dead following a hit and run incident in India are attempting to raise funds for his treatment, and have called on the local community for support.
Dhilip Ravichandran, who works for Bury St Edmunds based firm Portcullis Market Access, suffered multiple internal injuries, bone fractures and a fractured skull in the incident in Chennai on July 11.
Left in a deep coma with breathing difficulties, Dhilip was transferred to two local hospitals, both of which were ill-equipped to deal with his severe injuries.
His colleagues immediately paid the fees for emergency care at a private hospital, Apollo Specialities in Teyampet, a world-class centre for neurology.
The prolonged hospitalisation has exhausted Dhilip’s family’s limited means, with new costs accruing of up to £500 per day.
However his colleagues in Bury have so far raised £20,000 towards his care with help from colleagues, supporters and customers.
Following his admission to Apollo Specialities, Dhilip was supported by a ventilator in the hospital’s critical care unit for 12 days.
After four rounds of brain surgery, including one operation to remove part of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain, he is now breathing unaided.
Dr Balamurugan, chief neurologist, and his anaesthetist donated their fee for surgery to the cause.
A GoFundMe page set up to help Dhilip has so far raised around £4,000.
Rachael Gordon, Dhilip’s colleague, said: “I am overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown for our colleague.
“We hope that the local community will rally together and help save a deserving man’s life.”
The fund-raising page can be found at: www.gofundme.com/zyq2adw