A DEVASTATED Gloucester family say they just want Wayne Sadler home after he suffered a major stroke in Jamaica.
But to do so will cost them at least £4,000 and, even then, 40-year-old Wayne won't be home in time for Christmas with his two children.
The builder had flown out to Kingston to visit his mother but collapsed almost two weeks ago after having a stroke.
It left him in a coma and, when he came around, he discovered that he is paralysed down his left side.
His 31-year-old wife Hayley, a beautician at the Zen salon in Eastgate Street, left her job and their Elmbridge home and flew out on December 4 to be by his bedside.
But she also left behind their two young children – Tyrese, nine, and Tianna, five – with their grandparents Steve and Rita Lewis, who run the Spartans Rugby Club, in Kingsholm.
Worried Steve, who used to employ his son-in-law at his building firm, said: "Hayley is obviously struggling with it all.
"She is torn between her little ones here and her husband there.
"With Christmas coming up soon it is just awful."
Wayne's condition means that he has no hope of coming home until at least mid-January and he will have to travel by ship rather than plane.
That will cost some £4,000 on top of at least £6,000 in medical fees.
He will also need to wear a special skull cap created for him which will help transport him safely home after he underwent major surgery.
The costs have spiralled out of control because Wayne didn't take out travel insurance.
Steve added: "You have to stand by your family. Can you put a cost on someone's life?
"We would just say to others, don't take the risk of not having travel insurance."
The family are planning a charity event in January in the hope of raising some of the funds needed.
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