Stroke vic­tim is bed-rid­den

Lan­guish­ing in Span­ish care home

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Leona Greenan

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

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