£30,000 raised to bring ill woman back to UK from Turkey

Insurers have backed down and agreed to cover a British mother's £10,000-a-day hospital bills as she fights for her life in a Turkish hospital - as her daughter thanks the Good Samaritans who raised £30,000 for a flight home. 

Stephanie Uyar said her dream holiday turned into a 'horror movie,' after her mother collapsed at her husband's home and was given just 48 hours to live on August 18.

Since then Carole Fleming, 67, has been in the hospital with a blood disorder related to a potential bone marrow deficiency. 

The British Consulate had said they will not repatriate the breast cancer-survivor while she is still alive, Stephanie claimed, 

Her family say insurer Axa initially refused to pay the the hospital bills - due to a link to her previous illness.

The desperate daughter launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise £25,000 for a commercial air ambulance to bring the mother-of-two back to Britain and into the hands of the NHS. 

Since MailOnline shared the family's appeal last night, they have raised over £30,000 - and Axa have agreed to start paying the medical bills.

Speaking today, Mrs Uyar, 36, said: 'This morning, the Doctors at Mugla Hospital told me it was now or never – either we start Mum on the desperately-needed IVIG treatment, or she dies today.

'It was as simple at that. 

British mother Carole Fleming, 67, (pictured in hospital) is fighting for her life in a Turkish hospital after coming down with a mystery illness

British mother Carole Fleming, 67, (pictured in hospital) is fighting for her life in a Turkish hospital after coming down with a mystery illness

Carole's daughter Stephanie Uyar (pictured together in Turkey), launched a desperate fundraiser to try and pay for her mother's treatment and get her home

Carole's daughter Stephanie Uyar (pictured together in Turkey), launched a desperate fundraiser to try and pay for her mother's treatment and get her home  

'When we first asked MailOnline for help, our GoFundMe page was stuck on £4,000 and nobody was listening to us.

'Less than 24 hours later, we've raised over £37,000 to give mum the lifeline she deserves.

'The money you helped us raise by donating so generously to our GoFundMe page means that she is starting her IVIG treatment as I write this from an uncomfortable hospital chair.

'We are truly humbled by the way that thousands of total strangers pulled together and did their bit to bring our beloved mum home.

'Your kindness in our darkest hour is an extraordinary testament to the human spirit, and has brought us more hope and comfort than we could ever fully convey.

'As wonderful as today's news is, we're not out of the woods yet. After the MailOnline story went viral, AXA promised to do their bit to bring her home – but even with the treatment, she's not stable enough to fly on an air ambulance.' 

Mrs Uyar said she feels like she's 'trapped in a horror movie'. Her mother's condition in intensive care in Muğla is so dire she 'cries blood' due to her body's inability to clot. Pictured: Ms Fleming with her son-in-law's mother Hilal

Mrs Uyar said she feels like she's 'trapped in a horror movie'. Her mother's condition in intensive care in Muğla is so dire she 'cries blood' due to her body's inability to clot. Pictured: Ms Fleming with her son-in-law's mother Hilal

Ms Fleming's brother Ian, 55, claims medics in Turkey mistakenly believed his sister's illness was brought about by a medication related to her breast cancer - which she was recovered from last year. 

The link to her previous condition meant her medical insurer would not cover the costs.

Earlier today her insurer, Axa, backed down.  

Doctors backtracked when they took Ms Fleming off the medication and her condition got worse. 

Ms Fleming was in Turkey visiting her daughter's husband Alper Uyar's family when she felt tired before collapsing on August 18. 

She was rushed to hospital where doctors tested her blood. They found her platelet count was just 6,000 per microlitre of blood – the minimum safe level is 150,000. This means she's unable to form clots, and needs regular transfusions just to stay alive.

Mrs Uyar has thanked 'Carole's angels' who raised £30,000 in the space of a day

Mrs Uyar has thanked 'Carole's angels' who raised £30,000 in the space of a day  

She's been moved around several hospitals in Turkey. Her platelet count is now just 1,000 per microlitre.

Mrs Uyar said yesterday: 'In the last three weeks, there have only been two nights when I've not stayed by her side in a hospital chair.

'It's not even a duty, it's a reflex. After everything she's done for me the least I can do is be by her side.

'It's like I'm trapped in a horror movie. The things I've seen and witnessed in the last three weeks, I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy.

'No child should see their mother in a condition like that.

'To see the woman who's always been my rock, who's always been there to help me, to see her so vulnerable in a strange place. I'll have nightmares about this ward for the rest of my

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