DONATIONS have flooded in after a fundraising page was launched to fly a grandad in a coma back home.

Gary Cotton, 57, has been in an induced coma requiring round-the-clock care in a specialist hospital in Malaga, Spain, for more than a month.

The grandad-of-five, who lives in Dovercourt, went to Marbella on holiday with a group of friends in August.

On the final night of his trip, Mr Cotton climbed an 8ft fence in a bid to gain access to his hotel room after leaving his room key with his roommates.

It is then believed he lost his footing before plummeting to the ground and landing on his head, leaving him unconscious with blood coming from his nose and ears.

A holidaying couple called an ambulance and Mr Cotton was rushed to a hospital in Malaga where he has remained since August 29.

As he suffered from brain damage, doctors placed Mr Cotton in an induced coma.

Last week, Mr Cotton’s family was told he no longer required pain killers and was breathing on his own.

However, hospital bosses said Mr Cotton was no longer their responsibility needing more care than medical intervention.

So his family launched a Crowdfunding page in a desperate bid to raise £20,000 to bring Mr Cotton back home.

More than £3,700 has been raised to date by 157 people.

Samantha O’Driscoll, Mr Cotton’s niece, said: “Gary is now stable, currently waiting for a bed to become available so that he can be moved out of intensive care and then hopefully start the process to repatriate him home.

“He is still in a coma, but has opened his eyes at points.

“We are hoping that once he is in the UK hearing more familiar surroundings, albeit still in a hospital setting, this will help in his recovery, but it is going to be a long process.”

She added: “We would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have shared the just giving page and kindly donated, we have nearly raised £4,000.”

Zoe Martin, who runs Sunkissed in Dovercourt, has put together a raffle to help raise funds to bring Gary home.

She said: “I felt it’s something I couldn’t ignore, therefore I thought of ways to try and help towards the costs that are needed.”

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