Joy for parents as injured son makes 7,000-mile journey home

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PARENTS have described their joy as their critically-injured son has returned home after four months in a Brunei hospital.

Jane Dukes, the mum of diver Terry Dukes, said it was wonderful to be able to kiss her son when he arrived at Southampton Airport early this morning.

As reported previously, the 49-year-old was left with a serious head injury after fracturing his skull when he tripped and fell in January.

Terry, who grew up in North End and used to work at a fitter and turner at Portsmouth Dockyard, had been working for many years as a diver in Borneo.

His £120,000 AirMed flight was paid for by the Sultan of Brunei after Terry’s cousin, Carole Jahme, wrote to him to ask for help.

Terry was taken from Southampton Airport to the intensive care unit at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Family members – including Mrs Dukes, dad Johnny and Terry’s older brother Paul, who lives in Southsea – were on the airport tarmac to greet him.

Mrs Dukes, 88, of Bembridge Drive, Hayling Island, told reporters: ‘We’re elated.

‘He opened his eyes and probably understood what we were saying.

‘It was lovely to be able to kiss him.’

Terry is still unable to talk and has undergone five operations on his skull.

His family are fundraising to pay for his aftercare once he gets out of hospital. Visit justgiving.com/carole-jahme