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Fundraiser to bring ill grandmother home from Mexico nears £6,000

By Dayna Farrington | West Bromwich | News | Published:

An appeal to raise funds for a West Bromwich grandmother who was taken seriously ill in Mexico has more than £6,000.

Maxine Howell

The fundraising page was launched four days ago to raise £200,000 for the medical care of Maxine Howell.

It has so far collected £6,079 towards her treatment, care and travel home.

Ms Howell had fallen ill two days after arriving in Cancun with a friend for her 50th birthday celebration.

She was diagnosed with pneumonia and bronchiolitis and put in a medically-induced coma.

Maxine's daughter, Elle Lowe, said: "The support through the fundraising page has been amazing and we really appreciate people's donations to help her.

"My mother is still in the same position and has been in a coma now for nearly three weeks.

"We just want to raise that money to get her home to England. I can't get to her when she is 11 hours away.

"My mum has more support than she ever would have thought she had, she would be overwhelmed with the response."

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Her brother Garry Howell previously told the Express & Star: "We have spent thousands already. Her daughters have paid to fly out to Mexico – we are now desperate.

“I’m a proud man but I’ll beg if I have to. It’s going to financially cripple the family.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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