“A bad set of circumstances and I'm sure we'd be grateful of help if our overseas was in the same position.”
North Midd has responded to a pleas for the cricketing community to come together and help one of its own - a young fast bowler visiting the UK from Barbados called Jeshua Ferdinand. Three weeks after arriving in England to play club cricket for Mayfield C.C. in the 2017 Sussex Premier League, Jeshua was hospitalised and partially paralysed by a rare autoimmune disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, that attacks the nervous system.
As a result of extensive, specialist, emergency hospital treatment (including X-ray, MRI and CT scans, lumbar punctures, drugs and electrotherapy), Jeshua now faces months, possibly years, of intense neurophysical rehabilitation. Sadly, what he, his agent and Club didn’t know was that on October 1, 2016 the UK’s reciprocal healthcare agreement with Barbados was quietly cancelled. Without the necessary insurance, Jeshua and his family now face a crippling medical bill for his treatment so far and that to come in the months ahead.
He is not physically fit to fly home to Barbados and requires daily professional medical care until he's able to make the trip. To date, the NHS bill is over £16,000 and rising.
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Updated 13:42 - 24 May 2017 by Richard Nicoll