'Please bring me home to die': Terminally ill father trapped in Spain for SIX MONTHS after collapsing on holiday pleads for funds for journey back to Britain

  • Tony Harries is trapped in a Barcelona hospital because he is too ill to fly
  • Family desperately trying to raise £5,000 to pay for a private ambulance 
  • Doctors say there is nothing more they can do than make him comfortable 

A British man who tragically collapsed on a Spanish holiday six months ago has pleaded: 'Please bring me home to die.'

Tony Harries from Gorseinon in Wales is trapped in a Barcelona hospital because he is too ill to fly home.

And his family are desperately trying to raise more than £5,000 to pay for a private ambulance to take him the 1,100 miles home.

Tony Harries from Gorseinon in Wales is trapped in a Barcelona hospital because he is too ill to fly home

Tony Harries from Gorseinon in Wales is trapped in a Barcelona hospital because he is too ill to fly home

The trip to Barcelona was Harries's (left) first holiday since wife June (pictured) passed away in January 2014

The trip to Barcelona was Harries's (left) first holiday since wife June (pictured) passed away in January 2014

Harries travelled to Spain with his niece in October for his first holiday since losing his wife June in January 2014.

Shortly after arriving, the 57-year-old was taken ill with respiratory disease and has stayed in hospital ever since.

Doctors have now said that there is nothing more they can do - only give him pain relief and palliative care. 

Harries's brother Bryan and sister Diane are now appealing for help to fund the cost of hiring a private ambulance with a paramedic and nurse on board to bring him home as doctors have stated he is unable to fly due to his serious condition.

Setting up a JustGiving page, the siblings are aiming to raise the £5,000 before May 25. 

Diane, who said she cannot fault the care her brother is receiving in Spain, said: 'Tony is desperate to come home. He knows he is dying. We are hoping that we can get him back here in time.'

Setting up a JustGiving page, the siblings are aiming to raise the £5,000 before May 25

Setting up a JustGiving page, the siblings are aiming to raise the £5,000 before May 25

Bryan added: 'Tony's wish is to come home to Wales to die.

'We are doing everything we can to make this possible but we simply do not have the money we need.'

Harries, who has suffered from asthma since childhood and now also has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, fortunately has no hospital bills to pay as he has been covered by his E111 card.

Gower MP Byron Davies has been liaising with both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and with British Embassy staff in Spain.

He said: 'It is tragic that he is losing his life at a relatively young age but the least we can do is try and raise the money needed to bring him home.

'But time is not on our side.' 

Writing on the donations page, Diane said: 'Our aim is to host events and raise the money as soon as possible so we can bring Tony home to be with his family and friends and spend what little precious time he has left.'

Harries's brother Bryan and sister Diane are now appealing for help to fund the cost of hiring a private ambulance to bring him home to Gorseinon in Wales (pictured)

Harries's brother Bryan and sister Diane are now appealing for help to fund the cost of hiring a private ambulance to bring him home to Gorseinon in Wales (pictured)

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