British man, 28, on life support after collapsing on holiday in Benidorm
His family are now trying to raise £30,000 to transport his body from the hospital in Benidorm, Spain, to a hospital in the UK before the machines keeping him alive are turned off.
Mr Stone’s mother, Sue Stone, 64, is hoping to fly him home to Stoke-On-Trent and get some answers about what happened to her son. Before having the fit, Mr Stone was a fit and healthy pottery worker with Type 1 diabetes.
Ms Stone flew out to Jack’s bedside at the Marina Biaxa hospital on April 24, three days after he was taken ill. While there she said she had to fill out paperwork because Jack’s possessions had mysteriously gone missing.
Jack’s family are now waiting to hear if his travel insurance will cover the cost of getting him home while money from the fundraising campaign will go towards flying the family out, flying Jack home, and any subsequent medical bills.
Speaking to StokeonTrentLive, Ms Stone said: “He was in his bedroom and he fell to the floor. He was just fitting there. He was taken to hospital and was put on life support.
“They weren’t sure what had happened to him. They said he could come home but we are waiting to see if the insurance will cover him. It can be up to £30,000. We just don’t know when.
“We speak to him every day. We talk to him and play music to him, but he is not responding to any stimuli. He is just existing now. I don’t know if he will ever come home.”
Ms Stone added: “I feel awful. I wouldn’t want this on anybody. I can’t tell anybody what it is like. To see my child like that, it is terrible.”
One of the issues facing Ms Stone and the rest of Jack’s family is the language barrier, as the doctors don’t speak fluent English, and his family don’t speak fluent Spanish. Alongside the language barrier, Ms Stone has also been in contact with the British embassy to manage Jack’s paperwork.
She said: “We had to sort his paperwork as his passport, phone, and wallet were missing too. We had to sort out all the documentation.
“The embassy came to the hospital and told us that we might have to say our goodbyes as they may have to switch him off. But they spoke to the head doctor who said they couldn’t switch him off.
“We thought we were going to lose him. There are not a lot of English-speaking doctors here. I don’t know what is happening next.”
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Ms Stone said the family’s goal is to get Jack back to Britain. She said: “It is just an awful situation. It is like being in a dream.
“Our goal is to get him back to Britain now. It is a case of waiting for the insurance to get back to us.
“We have had lots and lots of support from people. I don’t think we would have got through it without the support of people.”
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