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News Archive > General > Appeal launched to bring Simon home

Appeal launched to bring Simon home

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

Appeal launched to bring Simon home
Simon Ankers with sister Victoria.

THE family of a Newquay man who is in a coma after suffering brain damage in Poland are appealing for help to raise the £15,000 needed to bring him home.

Simon Ankers, aged 39, suddenly collapsed at Poznan Airport whilst awaiting a flight home for a surprise visit to see his family on July 13 and has no chance of recovery.

The keen surfer’s family aim to raise the money to pay for a private air ambulance so he can be treated at a specialist unit where he can have his loved ones around him.

Simon’s family are also waiting to hear whether he can travel via a land ambulance, which would reduce the cost to around £8,000.

He had moved down to Newquay from Hartlepool when he was in his late teens and has lots of friends in the surfing world.

Simon’s heartbroken sister Victoria said: “We were not contacted by any agencies about what had happened until July 26. Devastatingly we have been told Simon has suffered catastrophic brain damage and will remain in a coma.  We now know he is not expected to regain consciousness.

“There are no words to describe our pain. We are all absolutely heartbroken and numb.

“We desperately need Simon home in a specialised unit to spend his days around us. We have learned he had medical cover so there are no medical bills to pay, but we still have to pay to fly him home, so the money raised will pay for a private air ambulance package to fly him home as he is not fit to travel by road due to his medical needs.

“The cost of this is £12,500. The remaining money raised will pay towards the costs of arranging his affairs.

“We have received some information and advice stating Simon may be able to travel home byroad ambulance. Initially doctors in Poland had been against this idea as his condition is too unstable. We have been talking to a repatriation company who have said this may not be the case.

“Simon was born to travel and didn’t spend much time at home in Newquay. He is definitely what you would call a free spirit. We never knew where he was. He would just ring up and say he was in Singapore or somewhere like that.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for all of the support, messages and offers of help. We are truly overwhelmed by their kindness and generosity and will get our Simon home one way or another.”

To make a donation visit funding/victoria-ankers-1

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

Tammy Netting 9th August 2017 15:43
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