Relatives of a critically ill Sheffield grandmother stranded in hospital abroad hope to have her home by Christmas.
Angela Noriega, aged 57, of Manor Top, fell into a diabetic coma while on a girls’ weekend away in Benidorm earlier this month.
She was found unconscious in her hotel room after a night out with friends.
Her devastated family launched a campaign to raise around £20,000 to fly her home on a special medical flight.
But they have now been offered a special medical road ambulance to get the 57-year-old to a hospital in Sheffield, slashing the initial costs the family thought they would have to raise to £12,000.
Angela’s step-daughter Stephanie-Louise Pierce, aged 24, said Anglea is now out of intensive care, where she was initially rushed after suffering a brain injury, and is in a stable condition in hospital.
The teacher said: “Angela is now ready to be moved and to come home.
“She is out of ICU and is now stable and breathing on her own.
“A tracheotomy went well and she is breathing much better.
“Although she is still in a diabetic coma, her vital signs are good and the neurology unit at the hospital in Benidorm have approached us and said we can move her when we are ready as she is stable.”
Stephanie-Louise said the family has been contacted via their Go Fund Me page by Robert Wallace of Salop Medical Services, a family-run ambulance service.
She said: “We are now in the process of talks to get Angela a medical road ambulance home.
“This has seen our initial projection of costs fall from £20,000 to £12,000, of which we’ve already gained half thanks to all the donations.
“As a family we cannot thank people enough for their messages of support and gratitude that have helped us through a really dark time. We would like Angela home for Christmas.”
The fundraising page has collected more than £6,700, with individual donations ranging from £5 to £1,000.
Angela’s five-year-old grandson, Jayden, has also donated £5 of his birthday money to the cause. Stephanie said: “We celebrated Jayden’s fifth birthday and although it was tough to celebrate when things are hard he had a lovely day. He even saved his nanny some of his caterpillar birthday cake and a seat at his tea party –just in case his nanny turned up.
“He’s adorable and missing nanny loads.”