FUNDS are still needed to be able to set a date for the specialist medical evacuation of an ex-SAS soldier, after he was severely brain damaged in a motorcycle accident in Thailand.
The family of Stu Kyffin who is currently on life support in a Thai hospital, some of whom live in Uttoxeter and Denstone, still need £80,000 more in donations to reach their £100,000 target to enable Stu to undergo assessment to be flown home.
Mary Doherty, sister of Stu who lives in Hamilton Avenue said: “We don’t yet have a fixed date for when we will bring Stu home, the essential thing now is getting enough funds together to make that possible.
“We’ve had a few quotes from Medevac companies so far.
“It will be a specialised Medevac as he will require intensive care professionals on board due to the nature of his condition.
“Once we’ve got enough funds we will be able to set a date for assessment in Thailand, to make sure it is safe to transport him home to the UK.”
Mr Kyffin, 34, who served for 10 years with the SAS, was in a serious accident on October 4 in Koh Samui, Thailand and suffered serious brain damage, which will see him needing care for life.
Since then, he has been in a coma in a Thai hospital as his family have been desperately fund-raising to make enough for his medical evacuation and ongoing care.
Mr Kyffin has a young daughter Kyraa, aged three, a son Danny and daughter Kimberley as well as a grandson.
The online fund-raising page has gained just under 700 supporters to date.
Those wishing to make a donation should visit: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/medevac-for-stu/96395 or alternatively drop into the Uttoxeter Post and Times office in the Advance Consultancy building in Church Street.
Updates on Stu’s progress are being posted on Facebook at Support Our Stu.