Heartbroken family of Scottish mother who died in Spain desperate to bring her home

The devastated family of a Scottish woman who tragically died while on holiday in Spain are desperate to bring her home.

Caroline Gardiner was supposed to be enjoying some time in the sun with her friends Lainey and Kerry, but she suddenly fell ill when she left her flight in Fuerteventura on Saturday 15th January.

The 41-year-old woman, from Kilbirnie, was given two nebulisers at a local hospital to help her breathe and was put on a drip before she was released later that night.

But just two days later, during a sandstorm on the island, he suddenly had trouble breathing and severe chest pain.

Caroline with her best friend Lainey on vacation

Caroline was rushed to hospital and was treated by doctors, but sadly she could not be saved and was pronounced dead on Monday, January 17, just three days into the week-long journey.

Niece Adelle Collins, 35, told the Record: “On Monday they were out when my aunt practically collapsed with shortness of breath and chest pain.

“The ambulance took her straight to the local hospital and they worked on her, but she was pronounced dead on Monday night.

“It took a while to figure out the cause of his death, but it was cardiac arrest caused by a severe asthmatic episode due to sandstorms in the area.

Caroline with her friends Lainey and Kerry
Caroline with Lainey and Kerry the day before she died

“One of the doctors who actually treated my aunt managed to get in touch with my grandmother and called her on Monday night.

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“Her friends didn’t know that Caroline had passed away because they weren’t allowed to go with her due to Covid.”

Adelle launched a fundraiser to help pay for Caroline’s funeral and help with the cost of bringing her home, as the insurance company refused to pay at first.

Caroline with her daughter Lauren
Caroline with her daughter Lauren

Although Rangers fan Caroline had asthma, her condition was completely under control and she rarely had to use her inhalers.

Because there had been no prior problems, the condition was not listed on his insurance form, causing difficulties with the insurance company.

Adelle added: “At first the insurance company didn’t pay but after I called them back on Saturday they said they would cover most of the repatriation.

“This still leaves the family to pay something to cover the cost of the funeral.

Caroline with her sons Charles and Connor
Caroline with her sons Charles and Connor

“It’s almost like she’s still on vacation. Until we get her here, it’s going to be hard to process.”

“It was a shock. His asthma was completely under control. He rarely used his inhaler.”

“What are the chances of there being a bad sandstorm on the days she was there?”

Caroline leaves behind four devastated children: Connor, 23, Lauren, 20, Stacey, 18, and Charles, 16, as well as her granddaughter Nova, whom she “lived” for, and another grandson on the way.

The heartbroken family described Caroline, who lived in Paisley, as a pet lover who would do anything for anyone.

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Caroline and her daughter Stacey
Caroline and her daughter Stacey

After the fight with the insurance company and Caroline’s sudden death, the family also urged people to make sure asthma is listed as a health condition on insurance forms, even if it is under control.

“I’ve talked to some people who have asthma and they’ve told me that when they go away they don’t leave it,” Adelle said.

“Even if this just raises awareness of reducing asthma, then we could save someone else going through what we have.”

The family is currently awaiting the final costs of Caroline’s repatriation and hopes to have her back home soon.

Donations to the fundraising page can be made by clicking here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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