Medevac for Stu

For: Stu Kyffin
Organizer: Donna Robinson
Medevac for Stu (Stu Kyffin)
£122,201
of £100,000 goal.
Raised by 1160 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Background:

Stu is a Veteran of H.M. Forces (Army) He gave 20 years service to Queen and County and served 10 of those years with the SAS.  His parent unit being The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers).  On leaving the Forces, Stu worked for companies specialising in protection in many areas with troubles.  He spent his time off work on the Island of Koh Samui in Thailand with his girlfriend Jiraa and their 3 year old daughter Kyraa.  He also has a son, Danny, a daughter, Kimberley and grandson Nathan (who he is yet to meet) living in the UK.

Description:

As many of you are aware,  Stu was in a serious motorbike accident on Friday, 4th October in Koh Samui, Thailand.  Stu suffered severe head and brain trauma and remains in a coma.

Reason We're Asking for Support:

Our family is humbled by the tremendous love and support expressed towards Stu and we find strength in all your continued love, thoughts and prayers.  We still do not know the extent of the medical expenses involved, they are escalating daily.  We have already paid fees in excess of £30,000 and are looking to Medevac Stu to the UK as quickly as we can.  Any contribution made to this site, or to our family directly, is greatly appreciated.  

Update:

We have been in touch with a number of Medevac Agencies,  Stu's condition remains critical but he is now breathing by himself without the aid of respiration.  He will require a medical team and ICU trained doctors and nurses to assist with his repatriation.

Please continue to pray and donate if possible for our much loved Hero.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Kyffin Family

We have been generously supported by:
The SAS Association
Pilgrims
Pilgrimbandits


THE PAYMENT LINK FOR STU WILL SHOW ON YOUR STATEMENT AS PAYMENT MADE TO: [email protected] (Donna Robinson)

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DONATE VIA THE LINK, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT METHOD.

Thank you for supporting us, Donna.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 12, 2014

Posted on February 12, 2014

Ladies & Gents,

I haven't compiled an update for some time now. Improvements in my brother are very gradual and are therefore best reported over longer periods so that progress can be better gauged. 

Whilst the onset of Stu's physical deterioration in Thailand was very apparent and rapid his improvement since arriving in England is equally noticeable. There will be no quick fix for Stu, the injury to his brain is extensive and therefore the improvements we have seen are slight but encouragingly regular.

Recently there have been a number of developments which will improve Stu's chances of recovery, namely; the removal of the tracheostomy tube which was causing visible stress and discomfort and preventing his ability to swallow, the removal of the nasal feed tube which again was causing visible discomfort and finally the terrible bedsore on Stu's back caused by the inadequate medical care received in Thailand is now greatly improved.

From being close to death in Thailand I have seen some noticeable improvements in my brother. He now seems to be aware of movement and only in the last few weeks he has begun to track people across his room. Stu has shown movement in all four of his limbs, particularly in his arms and hands where he has surprised a number of people by gripping there hands forcefully. Stu has also recently shown the ability to swallow, cough, yawn and move his head. 

Stu still requires a lengthy, expert assessment in order to gauge the extent of his brain injury and also the best treatment for that injury. This assessment is carried out in only a handful of hospitals in the country and therefore places are scarce. We are currently waiting for a place to become available for Stu where this assessment can be performed and which is close to family members.

While my brother continues to show improvement I will continue to provide the best possible support in order to facilitate his long road to recovery.

Dave.


Posted on December 27, 2013

Posted on December 27, 2013

Ladies & Gents,

The 75 days of fund raising for my brother which started on 13 October is now officially over.

We have raised £120 676 smashing the £100 000 target and allowing Stu to return back to the UK much sooner than expected.

In addition to this, donations from regimental associations, other organisations and individuals in Thailand has elevated the total to an amount in excess of £160 000.

There remains a sum in excess of £40 000 in the fund which will be used for Stu's needs in the future. There are now 5 directors appointed to ensure that the money that you have donated is used in the way it was intended. This also gives an element of transparency which I'm sure you will agree is essential to safeguard such a large amount.

This site will remain open and I will continue to post updates on Stu's progress so please continue to follow and support us. 

I have run out of superlatives to describe what you have achieved for my brother and also how grateful I am. Therefore in closing I will say only this, I have seen some remarkable things since Stu had his accident but the most remarkable is your selfless sacrifice. 

Thank you, this has been a humbling experience. 

Dave.

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