By Ishank Katyal
Ian Jones, a British charity worker who has earlier survived coronavirus and malaria is now recovering from a snake bite in Rajasthan.
Jones sas bitten by an Indian Cobra at Jodhpur city which is 350 kilometers away from state capital Jaipur.
“Jones came to us last week after a snake bite in a village in the region. Initially, it was suspected that he is also Covid-19 positive (for the second time) but he tested negative for that,” doctor Abhishek Tater, who treated him at the local Medipulse Hospital, told AFP on Saturday.
“While with us, he was conscious and had snake bite symptoms including blurring of vision and difficulty to walk, but these are generally transient symptoms,” Tater added.
Jones was discharged earlier this week. “We feel that there won’t be any long term effects. If he hasn’t already improved, he’d do so within next few days,” the doctor added.
He said that snake bites are very common in the rural areas of the region.
“Dad is a fighter, during his time out in India he had already suffered from malaria and dengue fever before Covid-19,” his son, Seb Jones, said in a statement on a GoFundMe page which set up to help pay his medical bills and travel him back to the Isle of Wight in southern England.
“He had not been able to travel home due to the pandemic and as a family, we understood his desire to continue to support the many people who relied on him,” he added.
Ian Jones works with traditional craftsmen in Rajasthan, and though his NGO Sabirian, helps import their goods into England to help them to get rid of poverty.