THE FAMILY of a fifty seven year old Scottish cyclist, fighting for his life in a Spanish hospital, are desperate to get him back home to Scotland.
Retired lecturer John Telfer, from East Calder, West Lothian, was injured in a horror crash whist on a cycling holiday in Alicante over two weeks ago.
The accident happened when he came off his bike after crashing into a friend who had been unseated by hitting a raised tree root.
He broke his neck in two places in the crash and was transferred to hospital with very little chance of survival.
He was in a coma for two weeks and now has pneumonia and whilst his family insist he is receiving excellent care, the language barrier and the distance from home are creating problems.
His son Gregg said yesterday: “He wasn’t expected to survive to the end of that day – but he’s still fighting for his life.
“My dad has now been fighting for his life for 18 days and is currently critical in ICU in a highly Spanish-speaking hospital.
“He has no vocal cords due to tracheostomy and cannot move from the neck down to show us his needs or emotions.
“The care is fantastic within La Ribera hospital and we owe his life to them but the language barrier is so tough and we need to try and get him home as soon as they release him to us.”
John was on holiday with his wife and was due to return home the day after his horrific accident.
“Unfortunately on the morning of May 4, I received a panicked call from my mum just after the accident had happened.” Said Gregg.
He added: “My dad has friends all over the world and they’ve set up a fundraising page in the hope we can transfer him by air ambulance to Scotland.
“It can cost between £20,000 and £30,000 and the type of insurance my parents have doesn’t cover them for this.”
Family friend Jo Pugh, who has set up the donation page, said: “While delighted with the specialist care John has received, the family are keen to return him to Scotland to a specialist spinal unit to begin stabilisation and recovery, with all close family there to support.
To help the appeal, go to www.gofundme.com/johntelfer