A Midlothian mum who was left in a coma in a Tenerife hospital is now receiving treatment in Edinburgh after a fundraiser allowed her to be flown home.
Julie McLaren, the mother of Hibs player Siobhan Hunter, was in a critical condition after an aneurysm burst in her brain and she collapsed on a flight of stairs.
The 57-year-old, from Dalkeith, underwent emergency brain surgery on January 8 and was put into an induced coma at a hospital in the Canary Islands after the accident left her with fractures to her skull and bleeds on her brain.
Hunter and her family launched a GoFundMe in an effort to raise money to rent an air ambulance in an effort to return her to Scotland.
Following the plea, over £52,106 was raised and Julie was able to be flown home successfully.
Her daughter, Georgi, has thanked “every single person” for their support and revealed that Julie is now receiving treatment at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
She said: “I just want to update everyone my mum finally arrived in Edinburgh last night after a very long day of travelling.
“She is now in the ICU in the Royal Infirmary.
“It’s still is a long long road to go for us all but it’s the start of the next part where we can all be here as a family without the added stress of where we’re going to live week to week.
“We really just want to thank every single person again for their help to make this happen because without you all it wouldn’t even be close to being possible.
“The emotions today are something else. Keep praying for Julz. Lots of love from us all.”
Siobhan added: “Thank you everyone. My mum is safely back in the UK and currently in ICU. Keep fighting mum.”
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