A DESPERATE appeal has been launched to bring home a stricken dad who is fighting for his life in a Tenerife hospital.
Andy Openshaw suffered a fractured skull during an incident while on holiday on the island on January 31.
After initially being given 48 hours to live, the Leigh 31-year-old has continued to battle for survival on a life support machine while anxious family members hold a bedside vigil. The full details surrounding the traumatic incident, which happened while Mr Openshaw was on a stag night, haven’t been released.
But a family friend told the Evening Post that a police investigation had been launched.
Refrigeration engineer Andy remains in a critical condition in hospital and loved ones now just want to get him home.
At present, parents Simon and Jackie are with him while wife Laura has flown back to the UK to be with the couple’s two children.
An appeal has been launched to raise the £30,000 needed for Mr Openshaw to travel back on his life support machine.
Close family friend Rob Hough said: “Andy’s mum and dad are still out there but his wife has had to come home because his son wasn’t so well.
“At first we had to keep it a bit low-key. It’s still so hard for everyone to deal with.
“They said he had 48 hours so they all went out there but he is still going. He’s a fighter.
“The family are absolutely overwhelmed with the support and everything that everybody is doing.
“There has been an amazing response from people wanting to help and there are fund-raisers being organised.
“We’ve booked Leigh Miners’ Club for a charity night on the 21st of next month. Also the day after, there is a charity event at the Bowling Green in Leigh which will be a top comedy night which has already been arranged.
“The Facebook appeal is trying to bring money in. The insurance won’t cover the air ambulance.”
That page can be found by searching for “Help Get Andy Home” on the social networking website with a number of money-spinners listed there as well as a paypal account into which people can donate money.
A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed they were offering the family support, adding: “We can confirm the hospitalisation of a British national in Tenerife. We are providing consular assistance.”