Family hopes to bring Stuart Haskins back to UK

The family of a Dorset man have expressed their gratitude after receiving incredible support in his fundraising campaign – and hope they can repatriate him to the UK.

As reported last week, Stuart Haskins’ family launched a fundraiser as he fights for his life in a Cyprus hospital with Covid.

The family received ‘exceptional’ support and raised more than £ 28,500 of their £ 34,000 goal on the online donation page – the family say they are now looking to repatriate him in a few days so that he can be treated closer to home.

Stuart and his wife Tracey went on vacation for the first time in two years for a ten day stay in Cyprus. But a day before they returned home, the father of two, Stuart, fell ill and was rushed to hospital.

The couple were both fully vaccinated against Covid and were due for their third booster before leaving the UK, but their appointment was canceled, apparently due to a vaccine shortage.

They were tested at the Cyprus hospital and both were infected with coronavirus.

The family said the next day Tracey, who was asymptomatic, was asked to leave the hospital without a chance to say goodbye to Stuart and was taken to an isolation hotel more than an hour away from where she had been left alone ever since.

Stuart’s condition quickly declined in hospital after he was diagnosed with double pneumonia and taken to intensive care.

His family was in contact with repatriation companies recommended by the British Embassy, ​​who said Stuart needed to return home to a hospital in the UK for better care.

However, his insurance company told The News that he was in a “safe hospital environment” and that it was neither safe nor appropriate to move him at the time.

His sister, Lisa Tattershall, who lives in Florida, is desperately trying to help her brother so he can return to the UK.

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 .

Lisa said the couple left for Cyprus with travel insurance from RAC but struggled to get the repatriation service the insurer used to help.

She said they were unable to get him repatriated through their insurers after continuing to experience problems.

Lisa said that speaking to other repatriation services recommended to her by the British Embassy, ​​they said they could move Stuart within 24 to 48 hours.

On Monday, November 29, the family fundraising page was updated.

Tracey said: “My family and I would first like to thank you for all of your messages, prayers and donations, you are all really great people. Stuart remains in intensive care and despite the ventilator being off two days ago. , there is constantly turned on oxygen through a nasal cannula.

“We are working closely with the repatriation team and thanks to your wonderful generosity we hope he will be repatriated to the UK within the next seven days. Thank you once again, your support has been exceptional.”

Stuart and Tracey, both 53, 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. Stuart’s parents live in Beaminster.

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