A British gran suffered the holiday of nightmares after falling into a coma whilst on holiday.
Just days after arriving in gran Canaria for what was meant to be a relaxing two-week break for her and her family, Jennifer Wardle was fighting for her life as the pensioner from Middlesbrough developed pneumonia and was placed into a coma.
Her loving daughters are still staying by her side and the 70-year-old is slowly recovering abroad. However, the family have now been told that they need to find at least £28,000 to bring her home or risk missing Christmas, reports TeesideLive.
Despite insisting they had the proper insurance package, her daughter claims insurers won't foot the bill to fly her on a special medical plane.
The Eston family are now crowdfunding in a desperate bid to raise the cash themselves following what has been described as a "horrific" few weeks in Gran Canaria.
"She's now off life support but they won't let us take her home without a mediplane (air ambulance plane)," said daughter Mandy, 49.
"When we took the insurance out for my mam, we declared that she had COPD – which she does – and we declared that she had a chest infection which she had before we came away, and was treated with antibiotics.
"We declared that she had a previous hospital stay for an infection, but because she went to the doctors on November 1 and got steroids for her COPD, they are saying she had a chest infection and therefore it was a false declaration."
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As they attempt to fix the nightmare scenario, they have secured quotes for a private mediplane. The cheapest they've found is £28,000.
"We just don't have it," admitted Mandy, who along with sister Jennifer, is having to rent a £250-a-week flat in the Spanish resort in order to be with their mum.
Their ordeal started early last month after they jetted off for a holiday which quickly went dramatically wrong.
"We arrived on holiday on November 8. On the 10th she was in hospital, on the 11th she was on life support," added Mandy.
"At first they were saying it was pneumonia and an infection. Then there was talk of a blood clot. Now they are saying it was the food she was eating (on holiday).
"We were out on the first night, and she was smashing. We were having drinks. On the Tuesday, she was a bit off-ish but she went out and she had a meal, but on the Wednesday she was in the hospital."
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After battling through what they hope is the worst of it, Jennifer has since been moved off intensive care although she still requires oxygen.
As they desperately seek a solution, they've turned to crowdfunding to get their mum home to her loving family.
So far, £360 has been raised but that's well short of their target. The family are now pleading to the hearts of strangers.
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