Jennifer Wardle, from Middlesbrough, fell into a coma after it is thought she suffered severe food poisoning on holiday in Gran Canaria, Spain, and now her family say they need to find £28,000 to fly her home
A British gran is stranded in Spain after suffering “severe food poisoning” that left her in a coma and her daughter claims that a special medical plane to bring her home would cost £28,000.
Jennifer Wardle, from Middlesbrough, was placed in coma just days after arriving on holiday in Gran Canaria and was left fighting for her life.
Now the 70-year-old has been taken out of intensive care but she still needs to receive oxygen and is unable to return home without a mediplane which the family can’t afford, said daughter Mandy.
Despite insisting she had the proper insurance package, her daughter claims insurers won’t foot the bill to fly her on a special medical plane, reported TeessideLive.
The family are now crowdfunding in a desperate bid to raise the cash themselves.
“She’s now off life support but they won’t let us take her home without a mediplane (air ambulance plane),” said Mandy, 49.
“When we took the insurance out for my mam, we declared that she had COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), 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.”
Ms Wardle’s family looked at bringing the gran home on a mediplane but they claim the cheapest they have been quoted 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.
Mandy said how first it was thought that Ms Wardle had pneumonia and an infection.
“We arrived on holiday on November 8. On the 10th she was in hospital, on the 11th she was on life support,” said 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.”
Now Ms Wardle may have been moved out of intensive care but she still needs oxygen and a special plane to take her home.
“Without a mediplane, I don’t think we will get her back for Christmas,” they admitted.
“She has grandchildren and great granchildren. All they want is to get her home.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.