Dad back in the UK after Tenerife stag do accident
7:00am Friday 28th February 2014 in News
A FATHER stranded in Tenerife after an accident left him dependent on a life-support machine is finally back in the UK.
Family and friends launched a desperate appeal two weeks ago to raise the £30,000 needed to pay for an air ambulance to get 31-year-old Andy Openshaw home.
He had been on a stag weekend on the Spanish island when tragedy struck and Mr Openshaw was left with a fractured skull.
The Get Andy Home Appeal has now reached its target and the refrigerator technician was flown home on Thursday to The Walton Centre in Liverpool.
Mr Openshaw is in a coma in intensive care but his family hope he will pull through.
All fundraising events will go ahead as planned, with proceeds to charities to be confirmed by the Openshaw family.
Mr Openshaw’s insurance covered him for the medical treatment he received when in hospital on the island but would not stretch to getting him home to his wife and two young children.
His family, who rushed to be by his side, were told he had only 48 hours to live but he has fought back.
Mr Openshaw’s wife, Laura, returned to the UK when the younger of their two children fell ill.
She, along with his family and friends, has been working tirelessly to raise the money to bring him home.
A charity night is being held at the Leigh Miners’ Club on March 21 and a comedy night at the Bowling Green in Leigh the day after.
The details of the accident remain unclear but a police investigation is underway.