Dad’s Thai coma nightmare

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A GLASSON Dock woman whose father is in a coma at a Thai hospital says her mum may have to sell their house to pay for his treatment and flight back to the UK, after insurers said their policy was invalid.

Julie Dewhurst’s parents Philip and Vera Blakemore were on holiday in Pattaya, Thailand, when her 75-year-old dad was twice admitted to hospital – first last month when he was in for 10 days with a chest infection, then on Sunday, January, 9, when he suffered two strokes.

Mr Blakemore is now off life support but his family have been told that only 20 per cent of his brain is functioning and they fear he will not survive.

Insurers Europ Assistance are refusing to pay hospital bills and the cost of a flight home, claiming the medical information provided by the Blackpool couple ahead of their trip does not tally with a GP report.

See the Lancaster Guardian (21-01-11) for full story.