A DESPERATE appeal has been launched by the family of a seriously ill father to help fly him back from Spain to the UK.
Kenny Young, 58, is ‘fighting for life’ on an Alicante care ward after suffering a debilitating stroke on Christmas Eve. His wife Lorraine, 60, found him on the bedroom floor at their home in Javea.
She told the Edinburgh Evening News, that it was ‘just so shocking’ as he is ‘normally so active and healthy and is big family man’.
The couple, from Moredun in Edinburgh, moved to Spain two years ago after Kenny, a former police detective, retired from the force.
Retired Edinburgh Leisure director, Lorraine, said her husband had been complaining of chest and shoulder pain the evening before he fell ill.
She woke to find him ‘slumped on the floor’ and called out to daughter Sean, 28, who had flown over to spend the festive period with her parents.
Sean called an ambulance and later broke the news to her brother 34 year-old brother Reeve, and his partner Amy Johnson, 29, who both immediately flew to be at Kenny’s bedside.
They have now set up an online fundraising page after being told it will cost €26,000 to fly him home, with €23,474 already pledged.
Appealing for help, Reeve said: “Doing this kills my pride inside, however we have no other option than to ask for help. My dad is probably the strongest proudest man you’ll ever meet, one of a kind actually.
“He is normally the one helping others. Even if we don’t meet the target the amount that we raise would help towards rehab and care in Spain so he has the best chance of a full recovery.”
Reeve added: “Any amount will help towards our target and we appreciate every single donation, so thank you.”
To support Kenny’s family, visit his Go Fund Me page.