British jumper Ben Cornick was injured in a skydiving accident on island of Fiji, January 14th 2014.
This is not the first time a jumper gets hurt on a faraway island, and certainly not the first time a skydiver does not have insurance to cover medical treatments or transports. In Ben’s case, the injuries were such that the local doctors/hospitals were not equipped to operate; to be treated locally meant amputation. Transport was urgently needed, or Ben was certain to lose his leg or possibly face even more serious complications. The clock was ticking down with 24 hrs to go.
Ben’s friends and family rallied. Racing the clock, they put forward an incredible push and were able to raise enough funds to cover his ambulance flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Ben will undergo operation and treatment in Auckland. The flight is but the first step of many in Ben’s recovery. If you would like to donate or get updates, you can visit a Facebook group that has been set up to disseminate information. If you would like to donate using PayPal you can send donations to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer bank transfer, inquire within the group.
We wish Ben a speedy recovery!