Family's Race Against Time To Bring Teesside Man Home

3 August 2017, 06:20 | Updated: 3 August 2017, 06:33

Teesside man, Simon Ankers, in a coma in Poland

The family of a man from Teesside, who is seriously ill and stranded in Poland, are facing a race against time to get him home

Simon Ankers, 39, was waiting to catch a flight at a Polish airport, when he fell ill and collapsed last month. 

He's now in a coma in hospital, after suffering "catastrophic" brain damage - with a warning from doctors that he may not regain consciousness. 

His family are now trying to raise £15,000 to bring him home in an air ambulance so they can be with him.

Simon’s sister Victoria, who's from Billingham, has set up a Just Giving page to raise the cash. 

She said: 

"There are no words to describe our pain but we are all absolutly heartbroken and numb, especially his mam who due to her own health has not been able to visit him," 

"We desperatly need him home in a specialised unit to spend his days around us."