Family facing huge costs as ex-pat falls into a coma in Turkey

The Bolton News: Family facing huge costs as ex-pat falls into a coma in Turkey Family facing huge costs as ex-pat falls into a coma in Turkey

STEPHEN Sherran’s dream of retiring to the sun turned into a nightmare after he suffered a massive heart attack and fell into a coma.

Now his family are facing medical bills of tens of thousands of pounds.

Mr Sherran and with his wife, Doreen, were enjoying their new life in Kusadasi, Turkey, after emigrating from Westhoughton.

But in June the 59-year-old former Post Office worker suffered a heart attack and he has been in coma ever since.

He is being cared for in a Turkish hospital but because the couple had not renewed their health insurance the medical bills are now £45,000 and mounting.

British Government officials are advising the family but say they cannot offer any financial assistance. Mr Sherran’s distraught sisters are desperate to bring him back to Bolton and have launched a fundraising campaign.

They are also appealing for help with legal advice for 57-year-old Mrs Sherran so she can sell their Turkish home to help meet the medical bill.

Mr Sherran took early retirement five years ago to live in Kusadasi, which has a large ex-pat community, after falling in love with it while on holiday.

His sister Lynda Caloe, from Farnworth, said: ”Stephen and Doreen were really enjoying their life there.

“Like many people he did not have health insurance. They had it when the first moved and then they had other priorities and health insurance is very expensive. They did not have any health problems.”

She added: “The hospital is very good but we just want him home with his family.

“I can’t sleep, it is like a nightmare.”

Mrs Caloe said her sister-in-law is trying to sell the house but is unable to because Mr Sherran’s signature is needed.

She has sold her furniture and belongings to help fund her husband’s treatment Mr Sherran’s other sister, Diane Fallon, has flown to Turkey to be at her brother’s bedside.

Mrs Caloe said: ”Seeing Stephen like that has really upset her, and Doreen just does not know what to do, because she cannot sign for the house.”

The family have sent over audio tapes of their voices to be played to Mr Sherran, who has a 37-year-old daughter, to try to aid his recovery.

Mrs Caloe, aged 60, who is hoping to raise money for the cause with a stall at Bolton Market on Sunday, said: ”We need some legal advice on how to sell the house.

“If we were younger we would remortgage it to raise the money.

”We just need some help. I don’t even know how much it will cost to bring Stephen back to the UK.”

People living in Kusadasi have also staged fundraising events to help Mr Sherran.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of the case of Mr Sherran and have sympathy for him and his family.

“Our Pro-Consul in Izmir is in touch with Mr Sherran’s family and has given support by contacting local authorities on the family’s behalf. It isn’t possible for the FCO to provide financial support in cases like this.

“Our travel advice for Turkey advises travellers to make sure they have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation, given the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid there. British people living in Turkey can also access a healthcare plan which is available to ex-pats there.”

Turkey is not part of the European Union.

Anyone who can help the family with their fundraising or with legal advice is asked to ring 01204 520115.

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9:23am Thu 4 Oct 12

oftbewildered2 says...

Whilst this couple have my sympathies - this story does reinforce the need for adequate insurance at all times. Sod's Law being as it is, as soon as you do not renew it, you need it. Done it myself, but with only minor costs to myself on something else
Whilst this couple have my sympathies - this story does reinforce the need for adequate insurance at all times. Sod's Law being as it is, as soon as you do not renew it, you need it. Done it myself, but with only minor costs to myself on something else oftbewildered2
  • Score: 5

9:52am Thu 4 Oct 12

I, Ludicrous says...

I don't suppose we'll be seeing any poorly Turks that pitch up at any of our hospitals leaving with a £45K tab though!
I don't suppose we'll be seeing any poorly Turks that pitch up at any of our hospitals leaving with a £45K tab though! I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 11

10:29am Thu 4 Oct 12

rostron says...

said that myself this morning ,Ludicrous!
Bet they have had babies born here, parents no right to be here, but that gives child the right to everything, as its born in England !
said that myself this morning ,Ludicrous! Bet they have had babies born here, parents no right to be here, but that gives child the right to everything, as its born in England ! rostron
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Thu 4 Oct 12

DaveLister says...

Sorry to disappoint rostron, but just because a baby is born int UK, it doe not have any rights to live here or receive any NHS treatment other than A&E which is free everyone in the UK regardless of their nationality.
Only children born to people with a right to be in the UK have any rights here.

Waht you say about having babies here etc, they should actually be charged for it, just because we don't collect the money does mean its a free fro all.

I too have symapthy for the family, but as a frequent traveller I know how importnat it is to have health insurance, this should be alway you first priority, even if you are in good health you could fall and have seroius injury.

A lesson for all in this story, make sure you have health insurance.
Sorry to disappoint rostron, but just because a baby is born int UK, it doe not have any rights to live here or receive any NHS treatment other than A&E which is free everyone in the UK regardless of their nationality. Only children born to people with a right to be in the UK have any rights here. Waht you say about having babies here etc, they should actually be charged for it, just because we don't collect the money does mean its a free fro all. I too have symapthy for the family, but as a frequent traveller I know how importnat it is to have health insurance, this should be alway you first priority, even if you are in good health you could fall and have seroius injury. A lesson for all in this story, make sure you have health insurance. DaveLister
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Jaakki says...

Many of your comments do not understand if you are visiting Britain you still need to pay any hospital bills. If your country of origin has a health care agreement with Britain the NHS will be recompensed (with inflation) by your home country. If your country and Britain does not have an agreement you will have to pay yourself for the treatment (unless you have it covered on travel insurance).
This happened to me when I moved to Britain some time ago.
Many of your comments do not understand if you are visiting Britain you still need to pay any hospital bills. If your country of origin has a health care agreement with Britain the NHS will be recompensed (with inflation) by your home country. If your country and Britain does not have an agreement you will have to pay yourself for the treatment (unless you have it covered on travel insurance). This happened to me when I moved to Britain some time ago. Jaakki
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Kevin Turvey says...

A sad story, but there should not have been 'other priorities' as stated. Whether you are healthy or not, it would only take a fall, accident, etc to leave you with a crippling health bill.

Think on.
A sad story, but there should not have been 'other priorities' as stated. Whether you are healthy or not, it would only take a fall, accident, etc to leave you with a crippling health bill. Think on. Kevin Turvey
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Gill A says...

Lets remember the reason for this story, a British man and his wife who are suffering and struggling...

I hope and pray that Lynda and her family get a positive outcome from the publicity raised by this article. It has obviously taken a lot of time and consideration to go public with their plea.
Good luck Lynda, I admire your determination!
Lets remember the reason for this story, a British man and his wife who are suffering and struggling... I hope and pray that Lynda and her family get a positive outcome from the publicity raised by this article. It has obviously taken a lot of time and consideration to go public with their plea. Good luck Lynda, I admire your determination! Gill A
  • Score: 2

10:29pm Thu 4 Oct 12

lifes issues says...

You know this is the story of sods law.Insurance should have been purchased .Altho the moved to be in the sun .I admire there Courage and life is about completeing our bucket list and enjoying life after retirement .

It is a sad story ,But say what you want we live in the best Country in the world and nothing beats England .But the part that makes me mad .Is we Turn no one away in our hospitals .My father worked at Bolton Royal before it moved to Bolton General Hospital when he moved to the General he passed away and in the next bed to him was a Man from Turkey who had a stroke whilst visiting his Family ,He was happy how he was treated and he told me he was never charged a Dime for his treatment .I know this is Fact My sister Married his son

WHAT A DISGRACE
You know this is the story of sods law.Insurance should have been purchased .Altho the moved to be in the sun .I admire there Courage and life is about completeing our bucket list and enjoying life after retirement . It is a sad story ,But say what you want we live in the best Country in the world and nothing beats England .But the part that makes me mad .Is we Turn no one away in our hospitals .My father worked at Bolton Royal before it moved to Bolton General Hospital when he moved to the General he passed away and in the next bed to him was a Man from Turkey who had a stroke whilst visiting his Family ,He was happy how he was treated and he told me he was never charged a Dime for his treatment .I know this is Fact My sister Married his son WHAT A DISGRACE lifes issues
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Thu 11 Oct 12

rostron says...

The family have admitted they were lapse in allowing insurance to run out, What galls me is hes worked all his life, paid taxes, insurance, yet we fork out millions to keep someone who spouts against the country,we keep his family, & still keep them, even though hes now in USA ! What did he put into the system? Nothing ! Something drastically wrong there !
The family have admitted they were lapse in allowing insurance to run out, What galls me is hes worked all his life, paid taxes, insurance, yet we fork out millions to keep someone who spouts against the country,we keep his family, & still keep them, even though hes now in USA ! What did he put into the system? Nothing ! Something drastically wrong there ! rostron
  • Score: 0

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