By Tara Rippin • 12 October 2018 • 14:30
APPEAL: Fund raising page has been set up to help with Xisco Prieto’s hospital costs
CREDIT: A Gofundme.com
THE family of Xisco Prieto, a Mallorcan sailor who was left in a coma after a brutal attack in Italy, have launched an Internet campaign to raise cash to get him home.
More than 80 people donated €5,930 within 24 hours of the Gofundme.com page being launched this week. A target of €25,000 has been set.
Xisco was assaulted in the town of San Remo on September 24, as he was returning to his boat. He was airlifted to Pietra Ligure Hospital, where he was admitted to a special neurology unit, and his relations must pay for the helicopter transfer.
The Spanish Embassy in Italy have since told the family they also face the cost of transporting Xisco to Mallorca in a medicalised plane, as his insurance does not cover this. The cost as yet is unknown.
Sources close to the young man told Spanish press that at the moment, everyday expenses stand at €70, and Xisco has already been hospitalised for two weeks.
They added that while Xisco has come out of a coma, he sleeps almost all day and can barely speak. There are fears he may be permanently brain damaged, and his family are desperately hoping he will recover and improve once back in Mallorca.
Xisco’s mother said: “We have already spent more than we can afford with air travel and hotels so that someone can be with my son. Thank you all for your help.”
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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