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Bring Wayne home:Gloucester man stranded in Jamaica after stroke

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

CLOSE FAMILY: Wayne Sadler, with wife Hayley, and their children Tyrese, nine, and Tianna, five.

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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.

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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.

If you can help Wayne and his family, then please contact The Citizen newsdesk on 01452 698 821.

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  • Ahuman2010  |  December 17 2012, 11:58PM

    by emdia43 "Maybe the Jamaican Social Club in Gloucester could organize some fund-raising for one of their own?" Clearly you live in the 'dark ages' {no pun intended} as it is no longer called Jamaican Sports and Social Club. That said, your suggestion of asking the club to pay help bring this gentleman back to the UK unfortunately won't happen.

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  • emdia43  |  December 17 2012, 10:43PM

    Maybe the Jamaican Social Club in Gloucester could organize some fund-raising for one of their own?

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 17 2012, 8:36PM

    Quite a few that go abroad (without travel insurance), stay in Spain or wherever for long duration, get into difficulties, drugs, get mugged, go to prison, or similar, and there is a hue and cry and somehow manage to get help returning home.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 17 2012, 8:33PM

    Even if you have insurance, read the small print - my insurance did not pay cancellation charge when I was stuck on the M40 for over 2 hours and missed the check in time simply because I was travelling on a private car and not public transport. Similarly many annual insurance policies stipulate maximum duration of travel out of the U.K - if you are over by a day - the insurance will not pay out on any of the cover - even that not related to your travel duration.

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  • easterbunny1  |  December 17 2012, 8:10PM

    Whilst I feel for a man who has suffered such a terrible thing at a relatively young age, I have little sympathy regarding the financial burden they face getting him home. If you drive a car, you insure it; if you own a home, you insure it; so why is it so different when someone doesn't buy travel insurance?

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  • lolmyopinion  |  December 17 2012, 6:32PM

    So basically, take a gamble and don't buy travel insurance as you fly off to Jamaica which has one of the highest rates of murder in the world and if you get ill, ask for help from The Citizen! Sorted.

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  • SimonMcGill  |  December 17 2012, 5:31PM

    I am lucky that I get to manage and develop Tyrese his football skills with Hucclecote YFC. He is a lovely and talented lad with a strong and supportive family. The oversight whether accidental or deliberate of no insurance cover I am sure is something that everyone regrets but is a personal choice. I have worked many years in and associated with that sector and it is never pleasant to read or encounter stories like this and you often dont need message boards to ram this point home. If you feel you can help in positive light,tweet me @brookfieldrd or email smcgill@hotmail.com

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  • SG1970  |  December 17 2012, 4:49PM

    Lamb_Chop1 did you miss this bit of the article? "The costs have spiralled out of control because Wayne didn't take out travel insurance"

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  • lamb_chop1  |  December 17 2012, 4:19PM

    FreeRadical, you sympathise 'to a degree' with a man who has a wife and kids, stuck thousands of miles away because he had a stroke? Why would you come on a forum and make such a snide and unnecessary comment on a such a sad story? How do you know he couldn't be bothered to take out insurance? You Sir are a horrible little know it all with nothing else to do. I wish the family all the best.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  December 17 2012, 4:01PM

    While I do sympathise to a degree, this yet another example of a traveller who couldn't be bothered to take out insurance. How many more examples will it take before people take notice?

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