Help bring critically ill daughter home from Dubai

£71,970 of £60,000 goal

Raised by 2,189 people in 1 month
Created May 18, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Wendy Skelton
Please help Wendy to bring Becca home

In their home in Nottingham, Wendy has brought up her daughter Rebecca (Becca) as a single mum for a large part of her life since, sadly, Becca’s father passed away 8 years ago. With the support of her mum, Becca was determined to be successful, went to university in Manchester and trained to be a primary school teacher there. Last August, Becca took the opportunity to gain experience abroad and secured a two year contract in Dubai.

Working as a PA and retraining as an accounts technician, Wendy has never lived an extravagant lifestyle and rarely had holidays but the chance to have the holiday of a lifetime visiting her only child and to celebrate her 24th birthday in Dubai was a chance not to be missed.

Wendy flew out to Dubai on 3rd May and the pair were having a fabulous time catching up and seeing the sights. Then on Friday 10th May they went horse riding. Becca’s horse bolted and she was thrown violently from the horse. She landed badly and sustaining serious head injuries. Wendy found her unconscious. When Becca regained consciousness she told Wendy that she was dying and that she loved her. Wendy told her she was not leaving her and kept talking to her until the ambulance arrived to initiate the treatment.  She was then airlifted to Rashid Hospital where scans revealed multiple skull fractures at the base of her skull and a brain haemorrhage. Becca was in a coma in intensive care for three days in critical condition. She underwent emergency surgery on two separate occasions to stem the bleed on her brain and relieve the pressure.

With enormous relief, Becca started to regain consciousness on Sunday but was still not out of danger. 
In the days following, Wendy has been constantly at Becca’s side encouraging her to eat and gain strength to recover. Her treatment is very expensive and medical air transport back to the UK will need to be arranged. 

Whilst the medical staff are now talking about releasing Becca for a specialised flight back to a UK hospital for continued care, the bills are now mounting. Becca went to Dubai to teach the next generation of children out there and likely to take years to recover from this traumatic brain injury. We don’t even know if she’ll ever be able to teach again.

Wendy doesn’t own her own property and does not have savings to cover this and also can’t bear to be separated from her beloved daughter.

All her friends are rallying around but we are struggling to raise the funds needed to cover the rising costs. These are mounting by thousands of pounds every day.

So please can we ask for your help to bring Wendy and Becca home. Anything that you can give would be so gratefully received.

Thank you for reading and for your generosity.

Wendy & Becca’s friends and family x
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For the last 11 days Wendy has been living at the hospital with Becca in her private room. This has enabled Wendy to play an even more active role in Becca’s recovery plan. Becca has continued to make progress and today we reached a huge milestone….brace yourselves folks as this is immense.

Today Becca has been allowed to leave hospital to continue her recovery at her home in Dubai in Wendy’s care. She will still need to attend a series of appointments at the hospital but the medical team have determined that Becca would benefit from being in the familiar surroundings of her apartment whilst she builds enough strength for the journey back to the UK. This also speaks to their confidence in Wendy to provide all the care and support that Becca needs during these next couple of weeks.

Becca still has a long road ahead and will most likely require further surgery when she returns to the UK but we can now all see the light at the end of the tunnel getting a little brighter. We can now start planning in detail the arrangements for the journey home.

We are all over the moon today and once again are so thankful for the enormous effort from the Rashid Hospital medical team who have got Becca to this point.

There was a time when we didn’t dare to dream of this day but all the love and support from around the world has kept Becca and Wendy going. There’s still a long way to go but at least now each day brings more hope of a brighter future.
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We’ve been a little quiet on the update front this week so thought it would be good now to let you know what’s been happening during the week.

Becca has been making steady progress and has now moved out of intensive care onto a low dependency ward. She has also taken her first steps since the accident with support from the nursing staff. This is a remarkable achievement given where we were only a couple of weeks ago.

Wendy remains by Becca’s side and has had the support of some family members from Sunderland who were able to fly out to Dubai for a few days to see them both.

The fundraising total passed the £69,000 mark this week and we’ve all been amazed at the generosity shown by everyone who has contributed. Wendy, Becca and the campaign team would like to thank each and every one of you again for your support and kindness.

We are hoping that Becca will be able to fly home in a couple of weeks time so we’re now working on securing the medical assisted flight home and looking towards the next stage of Becca’s recovery.

We’ll continue to provide updates as we hit these significant milestones so keep watching.

Thank you all.
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After such a momentous day yesterday, we thought today we could give you an update on Becca’s progress.

Becca remains in intensive care in Rashid Hospital where her medical care has been world class. Her condition is improving but her severe brain injury has left her with extreme fatigue after simple activities such as eating or talking, panic attacks and requiring speech therapy. Becca is still confined to bed with a fluid drain from her brain still in place and she has not walked since the accident. Her rehabilitation in the UK will be lengthy and it is still too soon to say whether she will make a full recovery.

Today our campaign exceeded the target. At time of writing, more than 2100 kind and generous people have contributed to the total and we assure you every penny will be put to good use for Becca’s flight home and care in the UK with any surplus going to Headway UK.

Our thanks go to everyone around the world who have given so generously.
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BREAKING NEWS!!!.........

Today is a momentous day and we have simply the most extraordinarily good news to share with you.

News of Becca’s plight has reached the highest authority in the UAE and we can announce today that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has offered singularly the most generous gift we could ever have wished to receive. His Highness has offered to pay for all of Becca’s medical costs until she is discharged from Rashid Hospital.

We would like to share a previous quote from HH Sheikh Mohammed:

‘We do not hesitate to help and support the brother, the ill-fated friend or the needy wherever they are. This is our message to the world, and this is the United Arab Emirates.’

This gift demonstrates that HH Sheikh Mohammed is truly a man of his word and the compassion he has shown towards Becca and Wendy is exceptional. We will be forever thankful to him and his country.

So what does this mean for our fundraising? Well, we will still need to pay for the specialised medical flight home and Wendy’s additional expenses while she remains in Dubai with Becca. But this also means that we can ensure Becca has access to the best aftercare when she gets back to the UK. we will also honour our commitment to pass on all remaining funds after these costs have been settled to Headway UK.

Once again, we have to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a true and compassionate man who has changed Becca and Wendy’s lives.
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£71,970 of £60,000 goal

Raised by 2,189 people in 1 month
Created May 18, 2019
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on behalf of Wendy Skelton
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