The hotel and Manager were fantastic and allowed us to stay in the room as long as we needed and even offered us additional assistance getting to Kos airport. Later on this day I arrived at reception to pay my hotel bill and the reception passed me a bill from the private medical doctor from the previous day. This was for €450, I asked them to call him to see if I could pay on my credit card, as I didn't have that much cash left and the machine would not allow me to withdrawn more than €300 per day. He declined demanding that he wanted the cash and would send the police to prevent us flying. I even asked if I could pay the hotel and they reimbursed him, but he would not accept this. I came back to the room and informed the insurance company. As Katy is covered for up to £15m of medical cover they said they would cover this and to provide my insurance details to the Doctor. I went back to reception where an ambulance driver had appeared holding a card machine. I explained it was covered by insurance and he called the Doctor, who said he didn't deal with insurance and that I must pay. There was a stand off and after exchanges of calls between both the insurance and the Doctor left only 1 option. The transfer had arrived and we needed to get to the airport so as not to miss our flight to Athens. I paid on the credit card and took a receipt to claim back from the insurance company.
Eventually after a very long day waiting to fly we arrived in Athens, unloaded the cases and ran straight to the hospital. At this point I was I my own with Leighton and had very limited information as to where she was located. After going up and down in the lift a couple of times we finally found her in the ICU. They explained that they had found an aneurysm which had burst and that was the cause. They had to wait for the bleeding to slow down and stop but all throughout this time it was as if her brain was short circuiting. The ICU visiting is limited to only half an hour a day and Leighton is not allowed in. He has to sit outside the window and peer through to see his mum. The next day the cerebral fluid had built up so much that they had to fit an emergency drain to release the pressure and help to clear some of the blood out and off of her brain. They placed her in an induced coma type state and placed her on a respirator to breathe for her. Later that day I met with the surgeon and he explained that he would need to carry out a procedure to fit metal coils into the aneurysm to reduce the risk of any further bleeding. He called me after the operation and was happy that he had reduced the risk sufficiently that she should not have another bleed. She is currently in a very risky situation and the potential for an infection in the brain is high. Her blood pressure was dangerously high as her body tried to combat the trauma.
I will complete the story of events as best as I can, but the reason for this page is to help support my stay with Katy in Greece as she will not be able to fly for a minimum of 6-8 weeks due to the type of injury. We are not sure if there is any damage yet but my main priority was to get Leighton home to allow me to focus on supporting my wife and the hospital. The insurance company HCC International (who were found through MoneySuperMarket) have been dreadful. They are leaving me in severe distress and would not pay for Leighton to fly home, despite him only being 8 and even accompanied by his grandmother, who I have paid for the flight for. Initially they were ok but after covering the transfer to Athens have become difficult and the underwriters are interpreting the policy wording in such a way as to favour them over my situation.
I am going to have to locate some cheaper accommodation through AirBnB close to the hospital and will need food and drink which they are unlikely to cover for this period. I really just want her to be well enough to be with me and eventually come home. We have been married together for 20 years and it feels like a piece of me is missing. I can't sleep for long I can't eat and can't stop reliving those moments over and over again.
Please help me to stay out here with my wife. So we can come back home together and I will fight with the insurance company once this ordeal is finished and I can focus on other this rather than just my wife's health.