Stroke victim is bed-ridden
Languishing in Spanish care home
A Blantyre woman has thanked members of Hamilton West Golf Society who raised money to help her stricken brother in Spain.
Trisha Kelly and family were overwhelmed to receive a cheque for £1000 after her sibling John suffered a catastrophic stroke in Fuengirola earlier this summer.
The 64-year-old has lived in the town on the Costa del Sol since going there on holiday during the World Cup back in 1982.
But the ex-pat has been forced to leave his property and move into a Spanish care home following his stint in the Costa Del Sol Hospital in Marbella since taking unwell back in June.
Trisha explained: “John is very lucky to be alive as we think he may have lain in his flat for a few days after suffering the stroke.
“He was in intensive care for two days after being found and has undergone weeks of speech therapy and treatment but unfortunately he is now bed-ridden. He also needs a new hip and it’s horrendous to see, as he has always been so active and still loved a game of paddle tennis and football.
“Family have been over back and forth and I’m flying out in November for a visit, so we’ll find out more when we go to Spain, but in the meantime we have to organise everything via telephone and email which is hard with a language barrier – although John’s friends in Spain have been extremely helpful in translating paperwork and discussions between the family and doctors.”
Celtic fan John now requires 24hour care and while he was entitled to free health care in hospital, the family have learned that the Spanish system doesn’t allow for his follow-up care.
Along with John’s other sister Margaret, who is paying the monthly care bill, a group of John’s ex-pat friends held a fundraiser in Spain and raised €9000 to help with the care costs – a feat Trisha is also immensely grateful for.
The self-employed driving instructor added: “The support the family has received has been inspiring, both from John’s friends in Spain and back home in Blantyre and the wider Lanarkshire area.
“And we are truly thankful to Hamilton West Golf Society for their fundraising.
“We know John isn’t well enough to ever move back to his flat, so the costs each month for the care home are around £1800.
“We also looked into flying him home so he can be looked after back in Scotland, and indeed be with his family, but it was going to cost £23,000 for an air ambulance.
“It’s so upsetting when John has been so self-sufficient and you can’t help but feel helpless.”
Private nursing homes in Spain provide various levels of treatment and care ranging from purely residential to 24-hour nursing, but they are expensive and there are very few subsidies.
People can expect to pay between €2000 to €5000 (£1500 to £4000) a month for 24-hour care.
Support Hamilton West Golf Society fundraising to help friend John Kelly; pictured are Jackie Mcgilvray, Willie Dunlop, Allan Totten and Ian Anderson 190918golf_01
Blantyre man John Kelly suffered a catastrophic stroke in Spain