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British grandmother trapped in Greek hospital after botched emergency surgery

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A British grandmother is fighting for her life 1,500 miles from home after doctors at a Greek hospital botched an emergency bowel operation.

Donna Hurst, 51, was left unconscious on a ventilator after contracting a serious infection during emergency surgery on her large intestine in Cofu, where she was visiting family about a month ago.

Her beloved husband Paul Hurst, 57, has been forced to change his sheets and heal his gaping wounds while nurses sit idly by.

Her son Martin Hurst, 33, claims his mother was tied to a hospital bed to keep him from writhing in pain after nurses were prevented from giving him high-dose pain relievers.

He said Ms Hurst still had open wounds because the hospital was running out of medical gauze and couldn’t close them properly.

British grandmother Donna Hurst, 51 (pictured) is fighting for her life 1,500 miles from home after doctors at a Greek hospital botched an emergency bowel operation

Donna Hurst, 51, (pictured) was left unconscious on a ventilator after contracting a serious infection during emergency surgery to her large intestine in Cofu

Ms Hurst (pictured) was visiting family in Corfu about a month ago

Donna Hurst, 51, (pictured) was left unconscious on a ventilator after contracting a serious infection during emergency surgery on her large intestine in Cofu where she was visiting family about a month ago

Now the family has started a fundraiser to organize an air ambulance to bring her home.

Martin told MailOnline: “The first transaction was rushed and they probably didn’t need to do it in the first place.

“She ended up with a very serious infection and has been in and out of a coma for a month now.

“The care she receives is shocking – Dad had to change his sheets and dress his wounds because the nurses refused to do it.

Her beloved husband Paul Hurst, 57 (pictured with his wife) has been forced to change his sheets and heal his gaping wounds while nurses sit idly by

Her beloved husband Paul Hurst, 57 (pictured with his wife) has been forced to change his sheets and heal his gaping wounds while nurses sit idly by

Mrs Hurst (pictured with her husband) adores her grandchildren Ayda Jennings-Jones (left) Joey Turner (right)

Mrs Hurst (pictured with her husband) adores her grandchildren Ayda Jennings-Jones (left) Joey Turner (right)

“She ended up being flown to another hospital because the one in Corfu didn’t have the equipment to keep her stable – but this one isn’t much better.”

Mr and Mrs Hurst were visiting family in Greece when they collapsed in agony just two days before they returned to Britain.

They were tragically forced to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary with Ms Hurst lying in intensive care

Ms Hurst, from Coalville, Leicestershire, was prepared for emergency surgery after tests revealed a huge blockage in her large intestine.

Her son Martin Hurst, 33 (center with Ms Hurst, left, and Paul, right) claims his mother was tied to a hospital bed to prevent her from writhing in pain after nurses had been prevented from giving her high-dose pain relievers.

Her son Martin Hurst, 33 (center with Ms Hurst, left, and Paul, right) claims his mother was tied to a hospital bed to prevent her from writhing in pain after nurses had been prevented from giving her high-dose pain relievers.

A rushed operation to remove the lump left her doubled in pain with a life-threatening infection setting in – but doctors sent her back after 48 hours.

The grandmother of two was then rushed back to A&E after collapsing for the second time – before surgeons operated again to repair damage from the first failed procedure.

Martin added: “It’s been a month and she still has open wounds because they don’t have medical gauze anymore and can’t close them properly.

“We just want to take her home, but it’s going to cost over £ 30,000 because her insurance won’t cover the air ambulance.

“We talk to the insurance company every day, but nothing seems to be happening.

“We have set up a GoFundMe to cover the air ambulance and have managed to raise around £ 5,000 so far, but unbelievable as it may be it is still only a fifth of what we need .

Martin said Ms Hurst (pictured with her grandchildren) still had open wounds because the hospital was running out of medical gauze and couldn't close them properly.

Martin said Ms Hurst (pictured with her grandchildren) still had open wounds because the hospital was running out of medical gauze and couldn’t close them properly.

Mr and Mrs Hurst (left and right) are pictured at their daughter Terri's wedding

Mr and Mrs Hurst (left and right) are pictured at their daughter Terri’s wedding

“It’s hard to hear that your mother is tied to a bed hundreds of miles away. It makes you feel helpless.

“That’s why I created the page, I have to do something. She’s trapped there and because of the lockdown only dad is looking after her.

“It affects us all. She adores her grandchildren – there is my sister Terri’s little boy, Joey, who is seven, and my daughter Ayda, who is almost two.

“Terri told me that when she asked Joey what he wanted Santa to bring, he just said he wanted Grandpa and Grandpa to come home. It is heartbreaking.

Now the family has started a GoFundMe fundraiser to organize an air ambulance to bring her home.  Pictured: Mr. and Mrs. Hurst

Now the family has started a GoFundMe fundraiser to organize an air ambulance to bring her home. Pictured: Mr. and Mrs. Hurst

“Her condition is still life threatening and we must bring her back to England so that she can get the medical care she needs to survive this ordeal and watch her grandchildren grow up.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “We are supporting a British woman hospitalized in Greece and in contact with local authorities.”

To donate to the family’s GoFundMe page, click here.


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