Dad in coma after Tenerife stag do tragedy

The Bolton News: Andy Openshaw Andy Openshaw

A STAG party on the Spanish island of Tenerife ended in tragedy when an accident left a 31-year-old dad with a fractured skull.

Family and friends of Andy Openshaw, who is now fighting for his life in a Tenerife hospital, have issued an anguished appeal for help to bring him home.

His family, who rushed to be by his side, were told he had only 48 hours to live but he has fought back and has remained in a critical condition on a life-support machine since January 31.

Andy’s wife Laura returned to the UK when the younger of their two children fell ill and, along with his friends, are desperate to raise the £30,000 needed to fly him home.

Rob Hough, a close friend of the family, said: “We were originally told he wouldn’t last long but he is still with us, he is a fighter. We found out last week how much it would cost to get him home so we decided to do anything we could to help raise the money.

“He would have to be stable enough and be on his life-support machine to make the journey so he needs to be in an air ambulance. He had travel insurance which is paying for his medical care at the moment but it doesn’t cover flying him home.

“We have been placing collection boxes in all the local pubs and shops, everywhere we can really.

The response from the community has been amazing.

“We are holding a charity night in Leigh Miners’ Club on March 21 and a comedy night at the Bowling Green in Leigh the day after.

“Some of the finer details haven’t been confirmed at the moment but we are planning to auction off sports memorabilia and other things. We just all think he should be at home.

“The last thing you want to hear when that has just happened to your son is that can’t get him back to the UK.”


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The details of the accident remain unclear but a police investigation is under way.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm the hospitalisation of a British national in Tenerife.

“We are providing consular assistance.”

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11:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

They should have posted a justgiving link in the article.
They should have posted a justgiving link in the article. MarkAllRead

1:28am Thu 13 Feb 14

wild one says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
They should have posted a justgiving link in the article.
Whats stopping you then.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: They should have posted a justgiving link in the article.[/p][/quote]Whats stopping you then. wild one

8:47am Thu 13 Feb 14

Janch1 says...

How very sad, the family must be devastated. Let's hope he comes home and makes a full recovery.
How very sad, the family must be devastated. Let's hope he comes home and makes a full recovery. Janch1

10:17am Thu 13 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted. thomas222

1:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

I KILL GOBBY KIDS says...

thomas222 wrote:
Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.[/p][/quote]The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story..... I KILL GOBBY KIDS

2:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....
No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.
[quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.[/p][/quote]The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....[/p][/quote]No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays. thomas222

9:36pm Thu 13 Feb 14

I KILL GOBBY KIDS says...

thomas222 wrote:
I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....
No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.
That's cleared that up, if he was private and refused. Next part is, where in the story does it say that this 'accident' was caused by him being drunk?
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.[/p][/quote]The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....[/p][/quote]No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.[/p][/quote]That's cleared that up, if he was private and refused. Next part is, where in the story does it say that this 'accident' was caused by him being drunk? I KILL GOBBY KIDS

11:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....
No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.
That's cleared that up, if he was private and refused. Next part is, where in the story does it say that this 'accident' was caused by him being drunk?
I know the story from a ex mate living there.
[quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.[/p][/quote]The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....[/p][/quote]No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.[/p][/quote]That's cleared that up, if he was private and refused. Next part is, where in the story does it say that this 'accident' was caused by him being drunk?[/p][/quote]I know the story from a ex mate living there. thomas222

12:02am Fri 14 Feb 14

TDK123 says...

thomas222 wrote:
I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....
No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.
You lived in the Canarys working for Thompson holidays ? Really ? You actually worked for a company that you cannot even spell ? Nor the destination.When I worked there , I worked for Thomson holidays in the Canaries.Hopefully you were managed out in your PDR.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.[/p][/quote]The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....[/p][/quote]No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.[/p][/quote]You lived in the Canarys working for Thompson holidays ? Really ? You actually worked for a company that you cannot even spell ? Nor the destination.When I worked there , I worked for Thomson holidays in the Canaries.Hopefully you were managed out in your PDR. TDK123

12:55am Fri 14 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

it was 197o/80sand we didnt have pdr.. im not having a go at this lad im really sorry for him and his family im just saying that people should be careful with drinking and insurance... the insurance companys wont pay out if they can find a reason not to.
it was 197o/80sand we didnt have pdr.. im not having a go at this lad im really sorry for him and his family im just saying that people should be careful with drinking and insurance... the insurance companys wont pay out if they can find a reason not to. thomas222

8:53am Sat 22 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
I KILL GOBBY KIDS wrote:
thomas222 wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.
The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....
No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.
That's cleared that up, if he was private and refused. Next part is, where in the story does it say that this 'accident' was caused by him being drunk?
To be fair, it was a stag do..
[quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I KILL GOBBY KIDS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Awful it is sad but a warning that if you get drunk and damage yourself the travel insurance company will decline to cover you as they consider it was self inflicted.[/p][/quote]The insurance company are paying his medical bill. They just won't pay to fly him home. Totally different things. Maybe you missed that part of the story.....[/p][/quote]No i didnt miss it. The insurance that is being paid for is the EHIC 111 as it does anywhere in Europe if you a member of the EU but does not cover flights home, only treatment. Private wont pay out if your at fault yourself. I lived in the Canarys for Thompson Holidays.[/p][/quote]That's cleared that up, if he was private and refused. Next part is, where in the story does it say that this 'accident' was caused by him being drunk?[/p][/quote]To be fair, it was a stag do.. MarkAllRead

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