We are overwhelmed at people's kind generosity. We have surpassed our target and with current developments we have at this moment closed donations.

Please see Stephanie's personal UPDATE below. We will continue to update donors as Carole's continuing story unfolds



This is my beloved mother Carole. She is stranded in a Turkish hospital, in desperate, immediate need of medical repatriation.

A recent breast cancer survivor, she was diagnosed, treated and cleared of cancer in the UK late last year. Suddenly, whilst here on holiday, my mother fell gravely ill! Her condition became immediately critical. She now faces a high risk to life. A virulent blood disorder related to potential bone marrow deficiency has placed her in intensive care. She has been in hospital since Aug 18th, undergoing medical testing and treatment centred on twice daily blood transfusions in an attempt to redress her critically low platelet count. This is not working. The doctors here in Turkey need to progress rapidly with a course of testing and treatment starting with a bone marrow biopsy and continual treatment that may include a bone marrow transplant.

We are in a desperate Catch-22.

A regular traveller, she has long-term travel insurance. However, a victim of a loophole in the terms and conditions of her policy, the insurance can not cover her treatment until there is a specific diagnosis specifying that it is not related to the breast cancer she survived. Her immune system is now attacking her body at such a high rate she needs transfusions daily and is definitely not fit to fly as a commercial passenger. So far, without insurance cover, the treatment keeping her alive has been approx £1000 per day! In the urgently needed next step that cost will rise to £10k per day!

We need to get her back home to the wonderful care of our precious NHS, but without Medical Repatriation via a commercial Air Ambulance Service, her Turkish doctors, wisely, cannot sign her out of care to fly. The lowest quote we have for this cost is £25,000. The British consulate, both here in Turkey and back in London can not help us. If she dies, they will repatriate, but not whilst ill … alive.

We have now spent all our savings and are stranded in Turkey without funds to cover the rising high cost of her life saving treatment … treatment she would receive for free on the NHS. The dire, grim outlook we face is that she remains here, untreated due to costs …  and dies.

We all have a mother so please please look into your hearts and help me get mine to safety! We are desperate and hopeless and in severe danger of her having to be left here to die. No human being deserves this in this current world.

Thank you for hearing our plea

Stephanie Uyar


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