George Dobson
George Dobson Photo supplied

George Dobson dies in India

THE nightmare is over for former Rockhampton school teacher George Dobson who has died from complications of his spinal injuries in an Indian hospital.

Mr Dobson, 65, died at 1.30pm on Friday, more than two months after the accident that rendered him paraplegic.

The medical team at Max Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi struggled to overcome a host of complications from Mr Dobson’s injuries, including pneumonia and kidney failure.

“He is now with God and suffering no more,” Mr Dobson’s family wrote at the weekend in a post on the Bring George Home website.

The family has pledged to use the money to settle Mr Dobson’s medical bills in India and donate the rest to a charity directly related to Mr Dobson’s work of helping disabled children.

Mr Dobson’s youngest daughter, Liz Leahy yesterday told The Morning Bulletin the family was planning her dad’s Rockhampton funeral.

She said it was hoped her mum, Mr Dobson’s ex-wife Therese, would fly back into Australia early this week.

Liz said in the weeks leading up to his death, her dad knew of the “love, concern and care of his family”.

The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church in North Rockhampton before Mr Dobson is cremated.

“This is a very difficult time for us all and we know that your thoughts and prayers are with us,” Liz wrote on the website.

She said her dad was “surprised and humbled” by the generosity and the support of Australians to help bring him home.

Liz said her family was thankful for the help from travel insurer Mondial Assistance and Singapore Airlines, which had teamed up to fly her mum to New Delhi and help to return Mr Dobson home.

“We will never forget your generosity and will endeavour to pay it forward,” Liz said.

Hundreds of strangers emailed their support to Liz and the family and many donated money to help him return home.

Liz said her dad received the best quality of care and treatment in India and left the family “with a sense of dignity, only possible with the love and support that we have received for him over the past six weeks”.

“For that we are eternally grateful,” Liz said.

In the weeks leading up to his death, Mr Dobson was given his Last Rites and Holy Eucharist by a Catholic priest.
If you would like to pay tribute to Mr Dobson, email The Morning Bulletin or post a comment below.
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