THE FAMILY of a man who passed away from a heart attack whilst on holiday in Magaluf are raising money to bring his body back to Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
David Taylor, son of Paul Taylor, spoke to Belfast Live explaining he heard his father suffer a heart attack whilst on the phone to his mother on Wednesday night, the eve of Paul’s 56th birthday.
David said that he listened as his mother and the hotel manager called emergency services, allegedly having waited half an hour for an ambulance to arrive.
“He was left lying until the ambulance came with nobody working on him – but that’s the issue with something happening in a different country. I believe if it had happened here, he would still be here.”
The language barrier too made it difficult for David’s mum, and as a result she was not with Paul when he died.
The family are said to be “in shock” as Paul hadn’t shown any previous heart of health problems.
David’s parents had arrived on the island of Mallorca on Sunday after having saved up all year.
However, the couple did not have any travel insurance and have placed their trust in the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund to try to get Paul’s remains home.
The family have also set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to get him back to their home town and cover funeral costs.
The Taylors’ JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/david-taylor-835?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_content=david-taylor-835&utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_term=WyPMnjgkm