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|17-10-2013, 05:30 PM||#1 (permalink)|
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Stuart Kyffin : Dying war hero's race against time to be brought home
Dying war hero's race against time to be brought home after Thailand motorbike crash
17 Oct 2013
Former elite sniper Stuart Kyffin, 43, suffered catastrophic head injuries - he is in a coma and may have only weeks to live
Critical: Stuart Kyffin lies in a coma after his accident - his family are appealing for help in bringing him home
The family of a dying SAS war hero are in a desperate race against time to bring him home after a motorbike crash in Thailand left him in a coma.
Former elite sniper Stuart Kyffin, 43, suffered catastrophic head injuries and may have only weeks to live.
His loved ones and former comrades are now trying to raise £100,000 to pay for the dad-of-three’s medical evacuation to the UK and his ongoing care.
Speaking in Thailand, big brother David, 46, said: “It’s been absolutely awful – we are so close. Stu is my brother but he’s also my best friend.”
But David, himself an ex-Sergeant Major, added: “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.”
The family and Stuart’s military pals have so far raised £27,000 – including one fellow soldier who handed over a whole month’s pension. Stuart’s medical fees in Koh Samui are £700 a day.
Bloodied but unbowed: Stuart Kyffin in Northern Ireland after being struck by a brick in an attack Now relatives are appealing for Mirror readers to help the veteran.
Liverpool-born Stuart was a Sergeant and retired from the SAS in 2005 after serving in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Doctors believe the former boxer and rock climber’s fitness levels have helped to keep him alive since the crash on October 4.
Stuart was working in private security and lived in Thailand with partner Jiraa, 40, and daughter Kyraa, three.
He also has two grown-up [at]children, Danny and Kimberley, with ex-wife Christina, 42, who has donated a substantial sum.
Kimberley recently had his first grandchild.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who was Stuart’s company commander in 2 Royal Anglian before he passed SAS selection, described him as a [at]“brilliant and [at]courageous soldier”.
In a direct appeal, he added: “Stu has fought for our country. He is now fighting for his life and he needs us to fight for him.
“I would urge your readers to give whatever they can to help get Stu home.”
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|19-10-2013, 03:03 PM||#4 (permalink)|
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It costs me a little under NZ $1,000/annum for total cover life and travel insurance for Asia.
I can pay that out of 2 month's pension after living costs.
I consider it money well spent.
Half the price for 6 months, and half of that for a 3 month average long holiday in Thailand/Asia.
So for a Brit, it's quite inexpensive really, around 125 quid, or much less, about 75 < 100 quid/3 months if the non-medical bits get chopped off the plan.
Peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones, and total cover.
I wish I could help him, I hope others more financial than me can help the guy.
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