THE family of a war hero injured in a Thai motorbike accident has thanked everyone who supported the fund-raising, as the extent of his brain injury has been confirmed.
Specialists say former SAS soldier Stu Kyffin, 43, will never be able to understand in any meaningful way, will never be able to communicate and mobility will be impossible.
His family, who have worked tirelessly during the last six months to fund-raise firstly to bring him home and secondly to support his on-going care, are thanking Uttoxeter people who supported the cause and helped to raise more than £160,000.
Dave Kyffin, brother of Stu, said: “As you are aware my brother is currently undergoing a complex assessment in order to ascertain the extent of his brain injury.
“Although his assessment is not yet complete, the specialists have been able to confirm certain facts.
“Unfortunately we now know that Stu will never be able to understand in any meaningful way, he will never be able to communicate and mobility will be impossible.
“My brother is a strong man but sadly even he could not win this battle.
“Against massive odds you succeeded in giving Stu the best possible opportunity for recovery, thank you all.”
Recent events to raise money for Stu have included an online auction and a 400-mile sponsored walk.
Former soldier and close friend Chris Pook undertook a three-week, 400-mile trek from Muscat, the capital of Oman to Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, to raise funds for Stuart’s needs.
He succeeded in raising more than his £5,000 target through his You Caring page.
Updates on Stu’s progress and specialist diagnosis can be found on the Facebook page Support Our Stu.
Stuart Kyffin was involved in the serious motorcycle accident in Koh Samui, Thailand, and 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.