A Nottinghamshire mum whose daughter was bucked off a horse and left fighting for her life in a coma in Dubai says she needs more than £60,000 to bring her home.
Rebecca Chisholm, 24, had been working in Dubai as a primary school teacher since August, before she took to the desert with her mum to go horse riding the day before her birthday on Friday, May 10.
The teacher, who has lived and worked in the Middle Eastern emirate since August, suffered multiple skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury in the horrific accident.
Wendy Skelton, a single mum of East Bridgford, flew out to Dubai for her daughter Rebecca’s birthday.
Ms Skelton, 56, told NottinghamshireLive about the moment tragedy struck – as her daughter’s horse reared and bolted, leaving her “clinging onto it for dear life”.
She found her daughter, who was 23 at the time, further down the track lying in a heap in the sand saying she was “dying”.
Ms Skelton, an accounts technician, said: “She was saying to me, ‘goodbye mum’, because she was dying.
“She was then airlifted to hospital because they were worried about her head injuries in the ambulance.
“The first three days were touch and go as she was in a coma. She recovered but she has reverted back to a three-year-old and keeps saying ‘horsey, horsey’.
“Her ears were bleeding and she’s had to have a needle inserted into her brain to drain the fluid. I keep thinking the horse must have kicked her in the head.
“When she was rushed into intensive care and I honestly thought she was gone. I never thought she was going to make it. It was the longest night of my life.”
Rebecca is currently in the critical care unit in Rashid Hospital with multiple skull fractures and is recovering from a severe brain haemorrhage.
She was in a coma for three days in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery two times to stem the bleed on her brain to relieve pressure.
Ms Skelton says her daughter’s medical bills have hit £60,000, and claims the insurance provided by the school in which her daughter was doing a two-year placement at, did not cover horse riding – as it is an “extreme sport”.
She claims they cannot leave Dubai until these bills are paid for, and says an emergency evacuation back to the UK could end up costing another £30,000.
“I just want to let other people know and warn them about it,” she added.
“The hospital says she may have to stay in her for at least another week and I’m having to buy all these taxis to get here as I’m staying with her friend who is on the placement too.”
A fundraiser has been set up on gofundme, which has already raised more than £30,000 but is increasing every day.
Ms Chisholm regained consciousness on May 12 but faces a lengthy recovery and an uncertain future once back in the UK.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “Our consular staff are offering advice and support to the family of British woman who has been hospitalised in Dubai.”
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