THE family of a man who was tragically injured in a Thai motorbike accident have reported his condition is improving ‘gradually’ day on day.
Stu Kyffin, 43, was left in a coma after suffering severe brain trauma.
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 are continuing to support the cause with recent funds being raised through a charity football match, a ‘Poachers’ march and from the sale of wristbands.
Dave Kyffin, brother of Stu, said: “Improvements in my brother are very gradual and are therefore best reported over longer periods so that progress can be better gauged.
“Whilst the onset of Stu’s physical deterioration in Thailand was very apparent and rapid his improvement since arriving in England is equally noticeable.
“There will be no quick fix, the injury to his brain is extensive and therefore the improvements we have seen are slight but encouragingly regular.
“Recently there have been a number of developments which will improve Stu’s chances of recovery, namely; the removal of the tracheostomy tube which was causing visible stress and discomfort and preventing his ability to swallow, the removal of the nasal feed tube and the terrible bedsore on Stu’s back caused by the inadequate medical care received in Thailand.
“From being close to death in Thailand I have seen some noticeable improvements in my brother.
“He now seems to be aware of movement and only in the last few weeks he has begun to track people across his room.
“Stu has shown movement in all four of his limbs, particularly in his arms and hands where he has surprised a number of people by gripping there hands forcefully.
“He has also recently shown the ability to swallow, cough, yawn and move his head.
“Stu still requires a lengthy, expert assessment in order to gauge the extent of his brain injury and also the best treatment for that injury. This assessment is carried out in only a handful of hospitals in the country and therefore places are scarce. We are currently waiting for a place to become available for Stu where this assessment can be performed and which is close to family members.”
Jiraporn Sansing, Stu’s partner, said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported Stu, it saved his life - for his little one Kyra and her big brother and sister in UK, their daddy is still alive because of the money raised.”
Those wishing to donate to the cause and get involved should search for Support Our Stu on Facebook.