Brother on Life Support, Help!

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Hello ! My name is Jennifer. My Sister, Mum and myself are trying to raise money for my brother who has been placed on life support in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 6280 miles away from his family home in Thornton-Cleveleys, England. 

We know Charles as a hard working and healthy man. He was made redundant last year from his job at a call-centre in London and he decided to dip into his savings and take a year out travelling. 

He has been staying in cheap rental accommodation in Phnom Penh for the last few months. He and his Landlord have became friends during this time and it was his landlord who noticed on Thursday he hadnt heard from Charles in the last few days.  

Charles was discovered by his friend on Thursday on the floor of his flat and unconcious. His friend took him to a local hospital, CT scans were made and two large blood clots were found in his brain stem.  

He is only 38 years old, much too young. We can only guess how long he was on his own for and it is a miracle and testament to his health and strength that he survived.  

He was transferred yesterday to Cambodia's largest hospital in Phnom Penh. My Mum, an experienced nurse and his girlfriend travelled to Cambodia from England on Friday, a few hours after hearing of Charles' suffering.  

Although unconcious, Mum's first words to him last night made him cough and react. This has made us very hopeful.  He has since been using his eyelids to communicate with my Mum and his Girlfriend. 

Charles' is currently in a public government funded hospital and so the medical care is very limited.  Unfortunately transferring him to a private hospital in Phnom Penh will incur expensive daily charges, USD 2500 + a night, and the hospitals can be forceful in obtaining funds from family members. We are very fortunate with my Mum's medical background as we do understand that some are not this fortunate and their care can then go unregulated and often worsen with the limited facilities.  We are paying USD 400 a night for this care. 

My Mum is very concernced about Charles' well-being. Ideally, we would like to repatriate Charles to the UK. 

We understand that Charles did complete a travel insurance prior to travelling. However, we have since found out that Charles extended his travels by several months to take in Cambodia, but, his travel insurance was NOT extended. We do not yet have complete insight, however we believe it is highly unlikely that there is an insurance policy in place.  

As yet, we still cannot access any of his bank information. His bank has told us that we can only gain information and access with Charles' permission, which he is obviously unable to grant in his current comatose state, or, by providing his death certificate. We are in the process of applying for Deputyship with the Court of Protection, we hope to have this by early/mid next week. 

Although initially helpful in sending a junior rep out once to visit the hospital with my Mum, the British Embassy in Phnom Penh have not been in touch with Mum since, and, are not answering her calls.

The Foreign Office have not been in touch with us since I called them Saturday morning to ask for an emergency loan given our extremely difficult circumstances, a loan that my Mum would pay back after remortaging her house. They refused.

We are a standard British Family, just like any other Family. Yet, the British Government expect us to deal with a highly complicated and extremely serious medical emergency 6280 miles way all on our own. 

We would like to emphasise that all scans, treatments, ambulance; everything done, is going to come as much as possible right out of our own pocket. We are not wealthy.  

My Mum is remortgaging her house to pay for Charles's treatment.  

We have now received quotations for repatriation. These range from £ 35 000 to £ 105 000 and are subject too how able Charles is to be moved. 

Any amount of donation you could give would be amazing and very helpful.  In the event of us locating a travel insurance or enough savings to cover repatriation, we will gladly fully reimburse you for your donation. Anything would be most appreciated.
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Thank You Daily Record for featuring Charles' plight again today. Lets get him home. #bringcharliehome
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Hello Everyone

Mum, Lyndsay & I wish to Thank You for the calls, mails & messages of support we have recieved these last few days.

Your thoughts and prayers for Charles are very much appreciated. Mum said Charles' condition is stable today. Intravenous antibiotics have helped against the infection.

After over 7 days wait, every day counts right now, Calmette hospital returned the forms needed for the Court of Protection today. Half of the (basic) info requested is missing, however, given our circumstances, we hope the courts take a generous view.

We are also working together with an ambulance service who may be able to repatriate Charles from Phnom Penh, via a special flight medical pod service with Lufthansa from Bangkok via Frankfurt, to Manchester. Due to Calmette hospitals inability to provide accurate information regarding Charles' flight suitability, the ambulance service are sending a local medical team tomorrow to asses Charles' personally.

Charles repatriation is going to cost anywhere between £ 85 000 - £ 105 000. These costs need to be paid upfront due to the high costs involved.

We are still tens of thousands of pounds from target, but, we are in discussions with a private lender who may be able to offer us a chunk of this as an emergency loan whilst Mum's remortgage goes through, we will keep you all updated.

Please keep sharing, please keep Charles in your thoughts.

Very best wishes, Jennifer
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We have two updates today, one extremely positive and one less so, to start here is the latter. A second mail will follow with the good and the positive.

Some words from Mum today..
"...I just want to thank everyone today for all their donations for Charles again you don't know how much this means to all of us. Charles not so well this morning but has started antibiotics intravenously so a wee bit brighter at 6pm visiting x"

Charles has caught a, completely avoidable, infection due to the inadequate intensive care facilities in Cambodia. His body has to fight the debilitating effects of a massive stroke, and now, this infection.

The longer Charles is in Cambodia, the weaker his body will get. He is a fighter, we just hope he can keep fighting until this nightmare is over.

Mum, my sister & I are deeply thankful for all the kind support we have received from Friends, Family & strangers. People who understand how critical Charles' situation is right now, who understand that Charles needs to be home in the care of the NHS.

In the event of a crisis happening to you overseas, here is the advice stated on the UK Governments own website.

" some situations, and only when all other options have been exhausted, we can pay some costs or fees on your behalf (for example, travel costs, travel documents, cash advances, charter flight costs) when you agree to sign an Undertaking to Repay form, which we will provide for you.."

We, & those around us, have exhausted all our options right now in raising funds to get him home.
At what point will the UK government recognise this ?

We have always only ever asked the UK Foreign & Commonwealth office to provide us an emergency loan, we do not expect the government to pay our bills for us, we asked for a LOAN that we will repay.

Mum has applied to remortgage her house, this process doesnt happen overnight. The government are aware of this. Once the remortgage is through, Mum can settle up with the government. Lyndsay and I have taken out loans to cover the current daily medical bills of hundreds of US dollars to keep him in the best option we have and can afford right now.
Mum is prepared to sign an Undertaking to Repay form. We have been denied an emergency loan three times now. WHY wont the government help a tax paying British Family, affected by an overseas crisis, who have well and truely exhausted all their options right now? Why are the letting our little Brother get weaker and weaker ? He has been on Life Support for over two weeks now.
We are all working non-stop on trying to figure out options to get him home.
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Preparations are well and truely underway for todays Coffee Morning & Raffle at Sutton Ex-Servicemen's Club in Macclesfield today.

Organisers are the amazing Midwives of Macclesfield & their Families, otherwise known as the incredibly supportive Charles' Angels, who have rallied around their Friend, Colleague & fellow Mum, our Mum Esther, to help bring her only son back home.

A wide selection of high quality stalls offering new and second-hand items will be available, just in time to start stocking up for December !

Refreshments and The Best Homemade Cakes in Macclesfield will be served, only while stock lasts.

The truly amazing Raffle will be drawn today !

Last chance Raffle tickets available at £2 a strip. Prizes include:

a hot air balloon ride
cycle centre vouchers
a cheese hamper
hair cut and colour at Phillip Lee salon ‍♀️
a Spa day
Cloud Gin
A 4D ultrasound for any expectant mums
A DW voucher ⚽️
Gel polish
Ghost hunt voucher
Mini photo shoot

and lots and lots of alcohol ...

Add your name and how many strips you would like to purchase and we will be in touch with your numbers !!!!

From 10 am - 3 pm.
Raffle will be drawn today and winners announced !
Parking at the Club or up the road at the Church.
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