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CDNN :: Crippled UK scuba diver warns tourists about Thailand

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by NIGEL GREEN

Paul Belk
On a scuba diving holiday in Thailand, Paul Belk was left crippled after local thugs drugged his drink in a Koh Tao bar. (credit: Nigel Green)

SOUTHSHIELDS, UK (28 Apr 2008) — Like thousands of other students, Paul Belk decided to take time out from university to travel the world.

But his back-packing trip to Asia was to change the young sportsman's life forever and leave him in a wheelchair.

As Paul relaxed in a bar, robbers slipped drugs into his drink, leaving him in a coma. His life was only saved by the actions of his friends and the fact that he had insurance to pay for expert medical treatment.

Two years on, Paul is still unable to walk and has seen his hopes and dreams shattered.

Paul, 22, said: "Looking back, I wish I had never gone to Thailand. This has changed my life forever and I only hope that what has happened to me will serve as a warning to others."

Paul, from South Shields, South Tyneside, now lives in a rehabilitation centre...

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