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Canberra school teacher fighting for life in Japan

Jacob Burridge (left) was on a family holiday with wife Waka (right) when he suffered a brain hemorrhage hours before flight home

A young family may be forced to sell their houses to pay medical bills after an Australian school teacher was left fighting for life in a Japanese hospital. 

Jacob Burridge, from Canberra, was on a family holiday and suffered a massive brain haemorrhage just hours before his flight back to Australia. 

The father-of-one had spent two months travelling Japan with his wife, Waka, and daughter, when he fell unconscious five minutes after complaining of a headache and nausea. 

Mr Burridge, a popular primary school teacher in Australia’s capital, was rushed to hospital and put in an induced coma.

The Australian teacher was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that has a one per cent chance of erupting. 

The father-of-one (pictured) had spent two months travelling Japan with his wife, Waka, and daughter, when he fell unconscious five minutes after complaining of a headache and nausea

The father-of-one (pictured) had spent two months travelling Japan with his wife, Waka, and daughter, when he fell unconscious five minutes after complaining of a headache and nausea

Mr Burridge was rushed to hospital (pictured with Waka and their daughter) and put in an induced coma where he will have a 20 hour surgery on Monday

Mr Burridge was rushed to hospital (pictured with Waka and their daughter) and put in an induced coma where he will have a 20 hour surgery on Monday

A GoFundMe page was set up by the school teacher’s brother, Thomas Clifton, to raise money for the expensive medical costs which they estimate will amount to $200,000 before rehab.

‘Waka was told to prepare to say goodbye and asked by the doctors to bring his familiy to the ICU and prepare for the worst,’ the page reads. 

‘He has fortunately survived the first 48 hours and a couple of good signs of arm movement and breathing slightly on his own while on life support. 

‘He is a fighter and we are sure he will come through this.’

While Mr Burridge’s condition has improved, the teacher is still critical, but stable with the chance he may be paralysed on the left side of his body, according to Sydney Morning Herald.

The young father will undergo a 20 hour operation on Monday and will be brought out of the coma if the surgery is successful.

The Canberra teacher's (right) brother, Thomas Clifton (left), created a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical costs, raising more than $60,000 of the $100,000 goal in two days

The Canberra teacher’s (right) brother, Thomas Clifton (left), created a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical costs, raising more than $60,000 of the $100,000 goal in two days

The GoFundMe page has raised more than $60,000 in two days with a goal of $100,000. 

‘Waka is prepared to sell the house to pay for everything … every cent raised will go directly to Waka to pay for the hospital bill and further rehab once Jacob is on the road to recovery,’ the page reads. 

‘Jacob means so much to all of us, and the many schools he has worked at in Canberra would all know how much a shining light he is.’   



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