Dorset man Stuart Haskins who flew Covid to Cyprus in UK

A man from Dorset who fought for life in hospital after contracting Covid while on vacation has been repatriated to the UK, his family have said.

The 53-year-old father, from Bridport, fell ill the day before he returned from Cyprus with his wife Tracey.

His sister Lisa Tattershall said Stuart was repatriated on Friday evening in a private medical plane and then was to be transferred by ambulance to a local hospital.

She said: “Thanks to Bridport News for covering the Stuart story.

“The repatriation company we worked with was excellent and made his transfer as smooth as possible.

“We hope Stuart makes a full recovery and we would like to thank everyone who kindly donated and everyone involved who made this possible.”

The family had been in contact with repatriation companies recommended by the British Embassy, ​​who said Stuart – who had been diagnosed with double pneumonia and was being treated in an intensive care unit – had to return home to a hospital in UK to receive better care.

The family set up the fundraiser page to raise money for a private airlift so Stuart can be treated at a hospital in England where the family believe he will be more comfortable and can be closer to him .

The couple had travel insurance but struggled to get the repatriation service the insurer used to help them after encountering problems.

Writing on the Justgiving page, Tracey said, “Thank you for all your prayers, kind words, donations and wonderful support. It is thanks to all of you that we have made this possible.

“We had to take out a loan to cover the funds because we can only withdraw money from the Justgiving page two weeks after the page started.

“As you can imagine, we are living in dire financial straits due to the circumstances. Thanks again to everyone – Stuart, I and the family are eternally grateful.”

Yesterday, the fundraising page had received almost £ 30,000 of its total of £ 34,000. Tracey said she was going to close the page at the end of the weekend.

Stuart and Tracey both grew up and lived in Bridport before leaving the area five years ago for Trowbridge, Wiltshire, where they work in a hotel.

They both attended Colfox School and Stuart was an active member of the Bridport Conservative Club and President for several years, even after moving.

Stuart and Tracey often visit Bridport and have family in the area.

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