A GRANDFATHER from Wales, who was taken seriously ill while on holiday in Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca, has finally been repatriated home after three months.
Keith Arrowsmith, a grandfather of six, is now recovering in a Wrexham hospital after a mammoth 32-hour road ambulance journey home accompanied by a doctor and nurse.
Originally Mr Arrowsmith was due to fly back to the UK on January 8 after his Spanish holiday.
But was taken ill the day with a serious lung infection the day before and was rushed to hospital where he was placed in an induced coma in intensive care.
His family were told “to prepare for the worst.”
Daughter Donna Arrowsmith launched an online Go Fund Me fundraising campaign to raise £15,000 to get him home to continue his care.
She said at the time: “He had a serious lung infection, low oxygen levels and carbon dioxide in his blood.
“My dad was in a coma for nearly four weeks which has led to muscle wastage and he cannot move or walk and still remains on a ventilator in his neck and still in the intensive care unit.
Donna explained: “Due to a slight mistake with insurance they have refused to pay out and doctors have said to get the ball rolling to try and get him home.
“The Spanish government won’t fund his treatment much longer as he’s not a Spanish resident.”
Donna revealed last week that they had raised £10,000 as a family ‘scraping money together’ and from the fundraising page. She also said her father possibly faced ‘another few months’ in hospital in Wales.
“All the family are so grateful and thankful for all the support everyone has shown and we are just so happy to have him back in Wrexham.”