THE family of an SAS war veteran are appealing to the public to help raise funds to bring him home, after a motorbike crash in Thailand left him in a coma.
Former elite sniper Stuart Kyffin, 43, suffered brain trauma as a result of a motorcycle accident in Thailand, and may only have weeks to live.
He remains in a coma and the extent of his brain damage is such that he will need care for life.
His loved ones, some of whom live in Uttoxeter and Denstone, are now appealing for the public to get behind Stuart and donate all they can to his appeal.
The target amount that the family hope to raise is £100,000, which will pay for Stu’s medical evacuation to the UK and his ongoing care.
So far, the family have raised more than £12,000 online including donations from the SAS Association, Pligrims, The Royal Anglians and the Army Benevolent Fund.
The most recent update on Stu’s condition was ‘critically ill but stable’.
He needs ventilation and round-the-clock care.
Sister Mary Doherty, of Hamilton Avenue, Uttoxeter, said: “I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
“The response has been overwhelming.”
Brother David Kyffin has been out in Thailand by Stuart’s side.
He said: “The doctors and nurses are doing a great job.
“The response so far has been nothing short of amazing.
“I am awestruck by the contributions.
“Now is not the time for getting upset and crying.
“I need to do what I can for Stu now and get him back to the UK.”
Doctors believe Stu’s high level of fitness has helped to keep him alive since the crash on October 4.
He was working in private security and lived in Thailand with partner Jiraa, 40, and daughter Kyraa, three.
Those wishing to donate can do so online at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/medevac-for-stu/96395 or alternatively drop in to the Uttoxeter Advertiser office in Church Street to make a cash donation.
Updates on the progress of the fund-raising are being posted on Facebook at Support Our Stu.