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| 1/12/2010 12:00:00 AM

Facebook campaign for British volunteer worker left paralysed in Colombia

Jan 12--Friends of a British volunteer worker left paralysed from the neck down by an accident in a remote region of Colombia have used Facebook and Twitter to raise more than £22,000 to pay for his return to Britain.

Daniel Eley, from Godalming in Surrey, sustained severe head and neck injuries on New Year's Day while diving with friends in a river near the border with Brazil.

The graduate, described by friends as a "truly exceptional young man", had recently found a job as a teacher at a school in the city of Cali in southern Colombia after 18 months working with street children in Guatemala.
 
The 32-year-old old is now in intensive care in the capital Bogota, and is unable to breath without a ventilator. He suffered two cardiac arrests last week.

His mother Carolyn, 64, a sociology lecturer at the University of Surrey, and sister Bridget have flown out to be by his side.
 
Read more here.
 
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