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BBC fundraising appeal for repatriation of Russell Dawes from Cyprus by Air Ambulance

Date: 21-Sep-2010

European Air Ambulance Firm IAS Medical are helping with the repatriation of a Cyprus man back to the UK.

Russell Dawes, 47, had been fitting air conditioning equipment in a heatwave when he fell 10m (30ft) last month.

He has brain damage, a punctured lung, several broken ribs and fractured cheekbones.

His wife, Angela, and his three children have been doing the 100-mile commute from their home near Ayia Napa to the Cypriot capital.


"Breaking Point"

 His sister, Gina Dancy, said he emigrated from St Annes in Lancashire, to Cyprus for a "new life" with his family.

"They moved out there two years ago but now all they want to do is come back home.

His mood reached an all-time low which has been caused by the brain damage he suffered.

"A lot of the personal care has been left to his family out there.  "His 12-year-old daughter and his wife were struggling to keep him still and keep him in his bed so he didn't hurt himself.

"We just never thought this would happen, you never do. Unfortunately he has not got medical insurance so we have to foot the bill to get him home.

"The sister added that they were "managing at the moment" but were "getting close to breaking point.

The family have raised some money and are looking to raise the rest by raising awareness on TV, Radio and in National Newspapers.

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