Fundraiser to bring ill grandmother home from Mexico nears £6,000
An appeal to raise funds for a West Bromwich grandmother who was taken seriously ill in Mexico has more than £6,000.
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."
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.”
- To donate, visit gofundme.com/help-bring-maxine-home