Daughter ‘desperate’ to raise £35k to bring mum home to Dundee after heart attack in Turkey

A woman from Dundee remains in an induced coma in a Turkish hospital a week after suffering a heart attack while on holiday.

Rebecca and Daniel Robertson with a picture of Rebecca and her mum
Linda Lindsay with daughter Rebecca Robertson, who is organising the fundraiser to bring her mum back home after she fell ill in Turkey

Now her daughter has made a fresh appeal for help to bring her home, as the hospital bill nudges close to £60,000.

Linda Lindsay, 59, collapsed on holiday in Antalya and was taken to the nearest hospital, which is private.

She was then transferred to another private hospital for further tests, and is said to be too unwell to be moved again.

Her daughter Rebecca Robertson, 26, said the only option was to fly Linda home in an air ambulance, which would cost an estimated £35,000.

As well as the hospital fees, she said the family was now looking at a total bill of about £60,000 and rising.

Rebecca, from Stobswell, said: “We are desperately trying to raise enough money to pay the hospital bill and to get enough to bring her home. We need to raise £35,000 for the air ambulance to fly mum home.

“Every day she is in hospital in Turkey it’s costing us £2,000 just for her bed before we pay for any treatment.

“I’m desperate to get her home, but I don’t have any money to bring her back. So far we’ve only raised £1,200.”

Rebecca said that Linda had holiday insurance through World First Travel but she was not covered for treatment at a private hospital.

“She remains there because she’s too ill to be moved and because it offers the facilities and treatment that mum needs,” Rebecca said.

“She only has insurance to cover her for a stay in a state hospital. Because I’m not over there, I’m finding it very hard to co-ordinate things.

“The only way she could be brought home is by air ambulance with a doctor and nurse on board. Unless we can produce the £35,000 up front, we can’t order one.”

World First Travel had not responded to requests for comment.