A gran who was on holiday in Turkey is now fighting for her life in hospital after falling ill from a mystery bug.
Michaela Heathcote travelled to the country back in September, from her home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, and planned to see an apartment she hoped to rent.
But the mum-of-two was struck down with a mystery bug, after being told she could not board the plane home from Dalaman Airport because she had a fever.
She alerted her son Jordan but her health quickly deteriorated.
By Thursday, October 1, she was admitted to hospital and her condition worsened still.
Jordan was told she had become seriously ill and is now on life support at a state hospital in Fetiye.
Jordan, 22, who is currently living in Manchester, told Chronicle Live his mum is “unconscious and unresponsive” and no-one knows what happened to her.
He was trying to arrange for Michaela to be flown back to the UK by air ambulance but has been told she is not fit to fly.
Jordan is now being asked how he plans to pay the hospital bills, which could be many thousands of pounds.
At this stage, he does not know if his mum had insurance which would cover the hospital treatment and expenses.
He said she has previously had problems with insurance policies due to her disabilities and health issues.
Jordan said Michaela has neurological disorders and has depression.
The dad-of-two added: “On the day she was coming back, she was turned around at Dalaman Airport. They said her temperature was too high.
“I’m not really sure what happened to her but she went on to become quite ill and was taken to hospital. Doctors are saying they are not sure what has caused this.
“She is currently intubated and unable to breath without the life support machine in the intensive care unit at a state hospital in Fetiye. She is fighting for her life.
“I was told she is suffering from liver failure and has been given blood as her blood value is now low and is in a critical condition.
“I have been told the cost of the ICU per day is roughly 6000 Turkish Liras, which converts to £585 per day. There will be additional costs of the CT and MRI scans she is getting and the medication she is receiving.
“The hospital have asked me how I am going to raise the money and when I will have the money available to pay them.
“Unfortunately, I have no alternative but to arrange a Gofundme as I am unable to gather such large amounts of money alone.”
Jordan said he has not been given any indication of how long it will take for Michaela’s condition to improve.
“My mind is lost,” says Jordan.
“I’m completely stressed. But I just have to carry on and find a way to bring my mum home.”