Alex Shorey stable in Brisbane hospital after medical evacuation from Taiwan amid poisoning probe
A Queensland student who is seriously ill after being poisoned in Taiwan has not suffered any adverse effects from being medically evacuated, his family says.
Toowoomba native Alex Shorey, 24, is in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital on Thursday after weeks of fighting for his life in Taipei Medical University Hospital’s intensive care unit.
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“We’re very relieved and happy that Alex is back in Brisbane and he’s in good hands,” his father Stephen Shorey said in a Facebook video at Taipei airport, ahead of his own journey home to Australia.
“We want to say thank you to everyone who’s helped us get him home.
“It’s been a very difficult last three to four weeks.
“But we’re so grateful to the medical team here in Taiwan who helped to stabilise Alex, also to the retrieval team and the generous supporters who helped to bring him home.”
Shorey’s uncle, Ross Shorey-Kitson, told 7NEWS on Thursday that his condition didn’t deteriorate on the flight from Taipei, and he remains “stable”.
He said he had spoken to his nephew, who has been able to respond with “one-word answers”.
“He’s still very weak and not as coherent as the Alex that I knew before he went overseas,” Shorey-Kitson said.
“He understands what’s going on, which is good.”
Shorey-Kitson also said investigations by Taiwanese police into Shorey’s poisoning remain ongoing and the Taipei Medical University Hospital is involved.
“There are investigations undergoing through the hospital,” he said.
Shorey’s family originally suspected contaminated street food was behind the poisoning, but police have ruled out accidental contamination, and now other causes are being investigated.
Shorey had been in Taiwan on a year-long exchange program.
He was believed to have been poisoned with Super Warfarin — a highly potent rat poison that prevents blood from clotting.
Shorey-Kitson said Princess Alexandra Hospital medicos will perform toxicology tests on the young man to confirm the substance.
The results are expected in days.
Shorey was evacuated via a charter flight secured after the family raised more than $200,000 through donations.