Happy re­turn

North Coast Weekender - - News - Lau­ren Pi­lat

A TER­MI­NALLY ill fa­ther who was stranded in In­done­sia on a bucket-list hol­i­day with his fam­ily was re­united with his daugh­ter this week.

A TER­MI­NALLY ill fa­ther who was stranded in In­done­sia af­ter fall­ing dur­ing a bucket-list hol­i­day with his fam­ily was re­united with his daugh­ter this week.

Dun­can Turner was stuck in Bali for al­most two weeks af­ter se­ri­ously in­jur­ing him­self while on hol­i­day with his part­ner Michelle Edgar and their daugh­ter Amalie.

For what they ex­pected to be their last fam­ily hol­i­day, the Joon­dalup cou­ple took five-year-old Amalie to Sin­ga­pore to ful­fil her dream of swim­ming with dol­phins.

With just months to live, Mr Turner helped make his daugh­ter's dream come true be­fore badly in­jur­ing his knee while in tran­sit to Perth via Bali, where he was taken to hospi­tal for life-sav­ing blood trans­fu­sions.

With­out in­sur­ance and med­i­cal bills mount­ing, the cou­ple were left stranded on the hol­i­day is­land for about two weeks.

Amalie was flown back to Perth with her grand­mother.

Ms Edgar feared they would go bank­rupt and have to sell their house to pay for the bills.

But be­fore she knew it the Perth com­mu­nity ral­lied to­gether to help sup­port the fam­ily fi­nan­cially.

Close friends Lynette Hil­lier and Car­men Braid­wood set up a GoFundMe page that ended up rais­ing more than $31,000 for the fam­ily.

Ms Edgar was “over­whelmed” by the sup­port be­cause the bills had been “rack­ing up minute by minute”.

“I thought we were go­ing to have to go bank­rupt,” she said.

“I was pray­ing that we weren’t go­ing to lose this house.”

The money raised paid for Mr Turner’s med­i­cal bills and, once he was given the all-clear to fly, the cou­ple re­turned home to join Amalie.

On Mon­day, Ms Edgar’s 41st birthday, the cou­ple ar­rived in Perth. Mr Turner was then taken to Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hospi­tal for a check-up. He was dis­charged and al­lowed to go home later.

He said he was very happy to be home and very grate­ful to the Perth com­mu­nity who sup­ported the fam­ily. “There’s no place like home,” he said.

The cou­ple plans to do­nate the money left over from the GoFundMe page once all their ex­penses were cov­ered.

Ter­mi­nally ill dad Dun­can Turner on hol­i­day with his fam­ily in Sin­ga­pore.

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