Teacher Who Contracted E.Coli In Turkey Dies After Return To Scotland

14 August 2017, 06:14

Caroline Hope Ecoli

A teacher who was flown back to the UK after contracting E.coli in Turkey has died.

Caroline Hope arrived back in Glasgow last month following a crowdfunding appeal for a medical evacuation.

Her mother Catherine Hope confirmed she died on Sunday at the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Ms Hope, who had been living in Turkey for four years, picked up the infection during surgery to treat advanced colon cancer in June.

The 37-year-old English teacher had decided to return home to Scotland after receiving her cancer diagnosis in January but complications from the surgery left her fighting for her life in Medical Park Hospital in Izmir, Turkey.

Desperate to bring her home, her family and friends raised more than £31,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a private medical evacuation, as there are strict rules around repatriations for medical reasons.

Mrs Hope, of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, thanked everyone who contributed to the appeal and all the staff on the high dependency units at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital who cared for her daughter.

"I would just like to thank all the people who put money in towards bringing Caroline home," she told the Press Association.

"She was so grateful to be back in Scotland."