A British holidaymaker is on life support in Turkey after having a seizure minutes before she was meant to board her flight home.
Melissa Kinsella, 30, was due to fly back to the UK on May 15 after a family holiday when she collapsed and had a seizure at the airport which caused her heart to stop.
The mum-of-three is now in hospital in Antalya, Turkey as she has swelling on her brain, is on life support and is unable to breathe for herself.
She is also teetering on the brink of heart failure but doctors have said they can’t treat her until the swelling on her brain goes down.
Melissa’s best friend of eight years, Rebecca Gath, 35, has said this is the ‘the most heartbreaking situation’ and that her family are distraught.
‘Her family are beside themselves… Her mum and dad are with her in Turkey but are only allowed to stay at her bedside for 10-15 minutes per day,’ Rebecca said.
‘Her partner Jay is at home with the children trying to be strong for them.
‘As her friend this is the most heartbreaking situation.’
Melissa Kinsella is pictured in a Turkish hospital after suffering a violent seizure minutes before boarding her return flight to the UK
Rebecca Gath (left), a friend of Kinsella (right), said the stricken holidaymaker’s family were ‘beside themselves’
‘She’s such a bubbly, funny and popular person,’ Rebecca said of Melissa.
‘Knowing she is fighting for her life is breaking mine and all of her friends and family’s hearts.’
Melissa’s family do not know whether Melissa decided to take out travel insurance prior to her trip, and are unable to ask her as she remains in a coma, nor can they access her personal correspondence.
Rebecca has set up a Go Fund Me page to pay for Melissa’s treatment, with hospital bills climbing rapidly at £1800 per day for intensive care.
If Melissa requires an air ambulance to fly back to her home in Leasowe, Wirral, then her family stand to shell out another £42,000 if the flight is not covered by insurance.
Rebecca has also claimed that hospital authorities said Melissa would not be able to leave the hospital if and when she regains her health until the bills are paid.
Posting on the fundraising page, Rebecca wrote: ‘We need to raise £45k minimum as her treatment is £1800 a day.
‘We have been quoted 42k for an air ambulance once she’s well enough to be transferred.
‘I want to thank everyone on behalf of Melissa’s family as we need to raise as much as possible.’
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