A British tourist is feared to have contracted the mysterious coronavirus that’s sweeping Asia after he was hospitalized on a trip to Thailand, according to a report.
Ash Shorley, 32, was admitted in critical condition to a Phuket hospital, where he’s being treated for pneumonia-like lung infections, the Sun reported.
Shorley — who had been traveling around Southeast Asia — became ill and his lungs collapsed on Koh Phi Phi island, the outlet reported.
He was transported on a special seaplane to the hospital because his lung damage prevented travel at higher altitudes, the report said.
“He wasn’t able to go above a certain altitude because his lungs would pop,” his mom, Julie, told the Sun. “They managed to get him here and if it wasn’t for the doctors’ expertise, he would be dead by now.”
While at the hospital, Shorley had around 70 ounces of liquid drained from his lungs, according to the report.
Chris Shorley said doctors informed him that his son was two days away from death when he arrived at the hospital.
“If he wasn’t so fit and healthy before, he wouldn’t be with us now,” his father told the Sun.
Ash, who has appeared in Corrie and Hollyoaks, sold his house to travel round South East Asia for a fresh start after the breakdown of a long-term relationship before Christmas.
But one week after flying out on December 19 he had to check into hospital on Koh Phi Phi and medics dashed him to Phuket as his condition rapidly deteriorated.