Pontypool man appealing for donations on behalf of "hero" brother, who is fighting for his life
2:17pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A PONTYPOOL man is appealing for donations to help him fly his “hero” brother home from Thailand after a motorcycle accident left him fighting for his life.
David Kyffin, of Leigh Road, Trevethin, has flown to Koh Samui to be with his brother, Stuart, a former member of the British Special Forces, who has been in a coma since the early morning crash on October 4.
Stuart lives in Koh Sumai with his girlfriend Jiraa and their 3-year-old daughter Kyraa, but he has no insurance, and to cover the cost of his medical bills and his medical evacuation David estimates he needs around £30,000. He has set up a donations page – and more than £7,000 has been raised in just a couple of days by friends, family and others.
Mr Kyffin said it was a testament to the respect his Liverpool-born brother had earned.
“He is one of those people who just has an aura about them,” he said “He is a quiet, unassuming guy, but when he walks into a room people feel his presence.”
Stuart was born in Liverpool and raised in the West Midlands, before moving to Staffordshire for work.
David added: “Many people I know respect and look up to him. He was part of an elite group of soldiers. But I now face the unthinkable prospect of transferring him to a local hospital where smoking on wards is allowed and dogs roam freely between patient beds.”
Doctors have said Stuart, 43, who served in the special forces for ten years from 1996 to 2005 before becoming a security consultant in Thailand, is unlikely to recover fully from the severe head trauma he suffered.
“We know the extent of the brain damage is massive and Stu will require twenty-four hour care for life,” David added.
Messages of support have flooded in for Stuart, and more than two-and-a-half thousand people have liked the donation page link on Facebook.
Jock Cousin, one of the donators, wrote: “Stu you’re a great man. May the angels watch over you mucker and give you strength to hold on and recover.”
David added: “The response on the donations page has been fantastic.”
“My aim is to raise as much awareness as possible for Stuart. I miss my best friend.”
The appeal has been supported by the Special Air Service Regimental Association, The Royal Anglican Regiment, and ABF The Soldiers Charity.
To donate see http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/medevac-for-stu/96395?utm_source=first-email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=a&utm_campaign=congratulations
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