AN EX-SAS hero whose Uttoxeter family against all odds raised £100,000 to transport him back to the UK following a life-threatening injury in Thailand is now undergoing specialist assessment.
Stuart Kyffin was involved in serious motorcycle accident in Koh Samui, Thailand and finally, after months of fund-raising, he has been moved to a neurological rehabilitation unit to undergo lengthy assessment as to the extent of his injury.
After the 43-year-old’s accident, he was stranded in a Thai hospital, with a price tag of £100,000 put on transporting him in a specialist medical evacuation back to the UK as his severe head injuries meant he was put into a coma.
Against all odds, the family managed to raise the money needed and more as their desperate appeal went viral across the internet.
He was brought back to his homeland in the nick of time as he dedicated family was told he would have died within a week if their committed fund-raising events had not managed to raise the cash need.
Since being transported back to the UK, his family have reported ‘significant day on day improvements’ as he receives ‘expert care’ from the NHS.
The family are currently raising money for Stu’s on-going medical treatment and are welcoming fund-raisers to get in touch via the Facebook page.
Dave Kyffin, brother of Stuart, said: “In the near future we should know whether Stu will have the capability to recover to any reasonable standard or not.
“Since Stu was injured my aim was to get him back to the UK where he could receive the best medical care and also to allow a detailed neurological assessment.
“It has taken six months but with your help and generosity we have now achieved both, thank you all.
“I will of course keep everyone updated.”
Mr Kyffin has a three-year-old daughter Kyraa and partner Jiraa Sansing, who he lived with back in Thailand.
Ms Sansing told all of his supporters: “Thank you to everyone who supported Stu and saved his life, for his little one Kyraa and her big brother and sister in the UK.
“Their father is still alive because of all the donations.
“We want to pass on all our best wishes and thanks for everyone’s kindness and wish them a happy new year 2014 and God bless.”
His family, some of whom live in Uttoxeter and Denstone, raised in excess of £150,000 through viral fund-raising methods online to get him home for treatment in the UK.
Fund-raisers supported the cause with through events such as a charity football match, a ‘Poachers’ march and from the sale of wristbands.
Those wishing to follow the updates on Stu’s condition should like Support Our Stu on Facebook.