Brit Instagram model backpacker, 25, has emergency spinal tap as Thai doctors struggle to diagnose mystery illness that left her stranded

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A BRITISH Instagram model had an emergency spinal tap as Thai doctors are struggling to diagnose her mystery illness that has left her stranded.

Rebekah Fulton, 25, is currently in hospital in Phuket where she became unwell just days before she was to start a new job in the country.

Rebekah Fulton is in hospital in Phuket, Thailand battling a mystery illness
Rebekah Fulton is in hospital in Phuket, Thailand battling a mystery illness
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Fulton has more than 7,000 followers on Instagram
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Fulton's father, James Geddes, has flown to Thailand to be by his daughter's side
Fulton’s father, James Geddes, has flown to Thailand to be by his daughter’s side
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The backpacker is battling a serious infection, which doctors believe could be meningitis or encephalitis.

James Geddes, her father, has launched a GoFundMe in a desperate bid to fly his daughter home to Paisley, in Renfrewshire, Scotland for treatment.

He recently shared she underwent a lumber puncture, or a spinal tap, as doctors are scratching their heads for a diagnosis.

The 48-year-old wrote: “Thank you to everyone for their help so far and I have been asked to provide some sort of update.

“Rebekah is currently undergoing testing and had a lumbar puncture this morning and I will have results in 2/3 days.

“She is being treated at the moment and the treatment can be more refined when we know which infection she has.”

‘SHE’S STILL ME WEE GIRL’

Geddes has flown out to Thailand to be by her side and has talked about seeing his daughter in her current condition and that she has also had a brain scan.

He told the Paisley Daily Express: “My wee girl may be 25, but she’s still my wee girl and it’s very difficult to watch her suffering – you just feel so helpless.

“The hospital are still saying it could be meningitis, encephalitis or something like that.

“She had a brain scan today, but we don’t know the results of that yet – everything’s very, very slow and I’m very frustrated.”

The Instagram influencer and keen traveller last shared a photo on March 18 of her silhouette against the sunset.


She captioned the photo to her 7,000 followers: “I never met a sunset I didn’t like. #happiness”

Other snaps show the gym bunny paddleboarding, sunbathing as well as basking in the sunshine, and she appears to have been travelling since 2015.

On Facebook, Geddes issued thanks to well wishers who have donated to the campaign – which has raised £12,255 of the £25,000 goal.

Fulton regularly shared snaps of her enjoying the beach
Fulton regularly shared snaps of her enjoying the beach
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Fulton's GoFundMe page to raise money to bring her home has amassed more than £12,000
Fulton’s GoFundMe page to raise money to bring her home has amassed more than £12,000
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James gives an update on the procedures his daughter has had
Geddes gives an update on the procedures his daughter has had
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Geddes posted this message to her Facebook page after Fulton went into hospital
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The influencer regularly posts pictures of herself on her travels
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Geddes says his daughter underwent a spinal tap as doctors try and diagnose the 25-year-old
Geddes says his daughter underwent a spinal tap as doctors try and diagnose the 25-year-old
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Geddes needs to meet raise £25,000 in order to fly his daughter home
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Fulton was due to start work as a hostel manager when she fell ill
Rebekah Fulton/Facebook
It is thought Fulton has been travelling since 2015
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