Welsh mum, 42, fighting for life in Spanish hospital after seizure on family holiday

-Credit: (Image: Williams family)
-Credit: (Image: Williams family)

A Welsh mum is fighting for her life in a Spanish hospital. Stephanie Williams, 42, needed urgent brain surgery while on holiday in Spain.

The mother from Swansea took ill suddenly just hours before she was due to travel back to Wales from her vacation in Alicante, on the sunny Costa Blanca.

Stephanie's condition is presently listed as critical at a Spanish hospital, her loved ones remaining steadfastly at her bedside. The crisis started last Saturday (June 8) reports Walesonline.

Whilst preparations to leave for the airport were underway, Stephanie suffered a seizure in her hotel room.

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Her daughter Aimee spoke of the tragedy, labeling the episode as unimaginable given her mothers youth and character, whom she hailed as "the most selfless person in the whole world". In response to the crisis, Aimee managed to secure £3,000 from relatives back home, ensuring her mother could commence treatment promptly at a local Spanish hospital.

While travel insurance is now covering the cost of her treatment at a different hospital, the family had to initially shell out thousands of pounds as Stephanie underwent numerous tests before having urgent brain surgery on Monday (June 10), with costs exceeding £10,000.

Stephanie's partner remains in Alicante with her, and her father and brothers have flown out to be by her side. Despite the operation being successful, Stephanie remains in a "very critical condition in intensive care" and the family has no idea about her prognosis or how long she will have to stay in hospital.

Stephanie Williams, from Bishopston, is seriously ill in a Spanish hospital after suffering a seizure while on holiday in Alicante. Stephanie is pictured with her daughter Ellie. -Credit:Williams family
Stephanie Williams, from Bishopston, is seriously ill in a Spanish hospital after suffering a seizure while on holiday in Alicante. Stephanie is pictured with her daughter Ellie. -Credit:Williams family

Due to this uncertainty, the cost of having her family near her is increasing daily. To add to the family's distress, Stephanie's mum passed away less than two months ago, so the tragic news from Alicante has only added extra strain to people who were already grieving.

Stephanie's daughter Aimee and her sister-in law Jade Wright have set up a Go Fund Me page in an attempt to raise some money to help the family during this difficult time. The page was only set up a few days ago but more than £15,000 has already been raised from countless donations given by people touched by Stephanie's harrowing story.

Aimee, the daughter who has now returned to Wales, expressed: "Whilst she is being supported in Alicante by my dats, uncles and her partner, I just want to try and do something to help support my family whilst I'm back in Wales. My mum is only 42 and me and my brothers and sister need her to wake up and fight to get better so she can come home to us. My mum is the most selfless person in the whole world and has always put others before herself and now I'm asking for help for her when she needs it the most."

Stephanie is pictured with her daughter Aimee -Credit:Williams family
Stephanie is pictured with her daughter Aimee -Credit:Williams family

"She's worked as a nurse herself, a midwife and then a bereavement midwife supporting families. I want to raise as much money as I can to relieve the financial pressures on my family. I would just like to thank you in advance for taking the time to read my story and for any money you can spare."

In a matter of hours after setting up the page, thousands of pounds were raised, reaching the first and then the second target within days. Overwhelmed by the assistance and support given to her mum, Aimee added: "We honestly can't believe the generosity and support my mum has received. We as a family would like to say a huge thank you for the continued support - I can't believe we have hit our second target of £15,000."

"Although this is a huge amount, my mum is currently self-employed so is therefore having no income whilst in intensive care. The road to recovery will be long and I want to ensure a family member can be with mum in Alicante at all times so she isn't on her own. To try and remove some of the financial pressure for us to do this we are going to increase the target to £20,000, so please keep sharing. If there is any money from the donations left over, once mum is home and better this will be donated to an aneurysm charity."