We want our mum back home where she be­longs

Dev­as­tated fam­ily raise cash to fly stroke vic­tim Pa­tri­cia to Glas­gow from Spain

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - NIKI TEN­NANT

The fran­tic fam­ily of a Ruther­glen gran, who lay for al­most three weeks in a Span­ish hospi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a life-chang­ing stroke, have launched an ap­peal to fund an air am­bu­lance to fly her home.

Tri­cia Reid, 61, of East­field, was en­joy­ing a win­ter break in the sun with her cousin when she fell ill in their Be­nal­madena ho­tel room on De­cem­ber 2.

Gran-of-four Tri­cia was rushed to Car­los Haya Hospi­tal in Malaga, where she un­der­went emer­gency surgery to re­lieve a sig­nif­i­cant bleed to the brain.

When her hus­band, James, 65, re­ceived a call from the Span­ish hospi­tal to break the news that Tri­cia was cling­ing to life in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing a sus­pected stoke, he, their son Alan, and daugh­ters An­gela and Carolanne dropped ev­ery­thing to fly to Spain – not know­ing if she would sur­vive the day.

Fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion, Tri­cia was placed in a med­i­cally in­duced coma for 12 days, dur­ing which her son and two daugh­ters took it in turns to sit by her bed­side round the clock.

They were dev­as­tated to learn from Span­ish doc­tors that the dam­age caused by the stroke meant that she is un­likely to ever walk again.

“When we ar­rived, my mum was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in the in­ten­sive care unit,” said dad-of-one, Alan, 32.

“Thank­fully, against the odds, she has re­cov­ered and is in a sta­ble enough con­di­tion to be flown home via air am­bu­lance.”

Although keen trav­ellers Tri­cia and John had an an­nual travel in­sur­ance pol­icy, the Reid fam­ily were still re­quired to meet the £5300 of the cost of fly­ing her home by air am­bu­lance for fur­ther neu­ro­log­i­cal tests and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

On the fam­ily’s Gofundme page set up last Wed­nes­day, Alan wrote: “This has been a life-chang­ing event for all of the fam­ily, and in par­tic­u­lar my mum and dad.

“My mum will most prob­a­bly not walk again and their home will have to be adapted for wheel­chair ac­cess, with hoists and wet room show­ers etc.

“My mum’s in­de­pen­dence and free­dom has been taken away by this most tragic event.”

Speak­ing from an apart­ment in Malaga, 44-year-old mum-of-one Carolanne told the Re­former last week: “She had her op­er­a­tion the day she had her stroke. My mum was sleep­ing for 12 days af­ter it hap­pened. She was on ven­ti­la­tors in in­ten­sive care for two days. Then she took a set­back and they moved her to the neu­ro­log­i­cal ward.

“She was not al­lowed any food – flu­ids were all through a drip.

“It is heart-break­ing watch­ing your mother like that.

“She has her wits about her but is a bit bewil­dered. Be­cause she was sleep­ing for so long, she thinks what she’s been dream­ing is real.

“She keeps ask­ing if her grand­kids are com­ing up tonight. She’s a bit con­fused and thinks they are here [in Malaga].

“We are al­lowed to stay with her overnight, so we have made sure that we are with her 24/7. “We take shots of stay­ing with her. “She just wants home, back to Glas­gow, where she needs to be, with her fam­ily. Her grand­chil­dren are des­per­ate to see her.

“She needs re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and physio and hope­fully, through time, she will walk again – but they are very doubt­ful.”

Within just 24 hours the Gofundme page had gen­er­ated £2870.

Carolanne con­firmed to the Re­former last Thurs­day that the fam­ily had suc­ceeded in find­ing the re­main­ing £2430 needed to fly her mum home.

Beloved mum Pa­tri­cia, right, with her daugh­ter Carolanne Reid

Hos­pi­talised Pa­tri­cia was placed in a med­i­cally in­duced coma for 12 days

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