Stranded Barnsley man could fly home today

Craig Lindley in hospital in Thailand.
Craig Lindley in hospital in Thailand.
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The father of a Barnsley man stuck in Thailand after falling seriously ill said he hoped his son would get the all-clear to fly home today.

Craig Lindley, aged 35, of Hoyle Mill, was in Thailand for a friend’s wedding when he collapsed on New Year’s Day.

Tests revealed he has Guillain-Barré syndrome – a rare condition of the peripheral nervous system.

His medical bill has already hit £40,000 and his family are fundraising tirelessly to pay it.

Frank Lindley, Craig’s dad, said: “He’s got to have another two rounds of treatment, but obviously if he can get that in England we as a family would be so happy.

Craig, who was left virtually paralysed after collapsing, is now showing signs of improvement and can move his arms, talk and sit up.

But it could cost as much as £32,000 to get Craig home if medical professionals decide he needs a nurse and doctor to accompany him. Frank said the costs would be significantly cheaper if it’s assessed that Craig only requires a nurse.

Frank also thanked his MP Dan Jarvis, for liaising with the British embassy in Thailand.

Craig’s family are currently raising money through various events and donations.