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Family appeal to fly home 57-year-old grandmother who entered diabetic coma in Benidorm

The family of a grandmother from Sheffield who fell into a diabetic coma in Benidorm has appealed for donations to bring her back home.

Angela Noriega, 57, had travelled to Benidorm with friends, but was found unconscious in her hotel room on October 4. Angela received severe trauma to the brain after falling down and is currently in an intensive care unit at Marina Baixa Hospital.

Angela, who lives in Manor Top, Sheffield has had diabetes for over 20 years and is treated with insulin – the family did not disclose which diabetes type she has.

Step-daughter, Stephanie-Louise Price, 24, said Angela suffered a hypo following a night out, which was believed to have occurred before she fell asleep. It was the next day when her friends had to break the door down to find her unresponsive.

Angela’s partner, Mark Pierce, aged 48, and son Jamie, 32 had flown out to be by her bedside, but due to escalating costs they were forced to return home. Evie and Jayden, her two grandchildren, have not been able to travel.

The family reported on October 15 that Angela underwent a tracostomy to try and bring her out of the coma. In order for Angela to return home, though, the family are being quoted £18,550-£26,440 by insurance companies.

“We understand this is a lot of money but we need to think about getting Angela home to her family,” Stephanie said.

Angela had travel insurance, but this policy is now under review by a team of solicitors and the financial ombudsman after her insurance company refused to help.

The family hope to raise funds for a medical flight to return Angela home, but also for assistance with basic accommodation so Angela’s family can remain by her beside. Angela received two nights of care at a private hospital in Benidorm, and this cost the family nearly £5,000.

Stephanie set up a fundraising page five days ago, and already over £5,600 has been raised. The family are stunned with how generous people have been.

“We have been overwhelmed with donations so far. The family would like to thank every person who has taken the time to share and donate. Thank you so much to everyone involved.”

If you are looking to donate, you can do so here.

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