A fundraising page said the ingestion of Super Warfarin has left him “fighting for his life” in a hospital in Taipei.
“Whilst we’re unsure exactly how this poisoning occurred, it is suspected that Alex may have picked up some food at local street market or along his travels that was either laced with poison, or had somehow been contaminated with super warfarin,” the page reads.
“Super Warfarin stops the blood from coagulating, and so Alex’s body is haemorrhaging both externally and internally into his muscles and organs.”
The University of Queensland student was doing an exchange at Tamkang University in Taipei.
Shorey went into hypovolemic shock on April 18, and went into cardiorespiratory collapse five days ago.
The fundraising page was raising money to fly him back to Australia.
“With fluid on his lungs after an anaphylactic episode, Alex is unable to fly on a commercial flight,” the page read.
“He needs high pressure oxygen treatment and the support of an ICU team that is only available via a specialised medical flight retrieval service.”
The fundraising page has now raised more than $208,000, enough to fly him to Australia with a medical charter plane.
The flight was secured overnight in preparation of flying Shorey to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for treatment.
The fundraising page is now being closed, with any leftover money donated to the Medical Rescue team.