Cousin of dying Emsworth mum stranded in Florida tells of family’s ordeal

Lindsey Gates with husband Jason and children Brooke and Charley
Lindsey Gates with husband Jason and children Brooke and Charley

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THE cousin of a dying mum stranded in Florida because of a £87,000 medical bill has told of her family’s ordeal.

Mum-of-two Lindsey Gates has just months left to live after being diagnosed with four inoperable brain tumours.

It’s very distressing. She knew she was dying and it was on her bucket list to swim with the dolphins and go to Disneyland.

Linda Smart

She was on a holiday of a lifetime to Disney World, Florida, with her husband Jason and daughters Charley and Brooke, when she broke her leg and ended up in hospital.

She needs a special ambulance to fly her back to her Emsworth home – but the cost of that and medical bills is £87,000.

An appeal for money has been launched, but family members remain concerned.

Lindsey’s cousin Linda Smart, of Gosport, said she’s only been able to contribute £10 – and is appealing for more help.

Linda said: ‘It’s a terrible worry, it’s terrible. She is still in hospital and her husband and children are in a hotel.

‘It’s very distressing. She knew she was dying and it was on her bucket list to swim with the dolphins and go to Disneyland.’

Friends and family raised more than £12,000 to send the 40-year-old to the US.

Linda says she has written letters to US president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump calling for changes in the country’s health system.

She wants a set financial contribution to be made from workers’ wages into the health system so people like Lindsey don’t get into difficulty.

A donation page has been set up by Lindsey’s friend, Rikki Wilson. To donate visit, gofundme.com and search ‘Get Lindsey home where she belongs’.

THE Emsworth community is set to rally together and hold a fundraiser in an effort to raise more cash to bring Lindsey Gates back home.

A family fun day is being held at The Old Dairy Farm, in Long Copse Lane, Emsworth, on Sunday between 2pm and 6pm.

Guests will be treated to live bands, a celebrity auction, an appearance from a glitter tattoo artist and a facepainter and a bouncy castle will be set up.

Plus there will be refreshments, a barbecue and children’s entertainers.

Tickets for the occasion cost £5 per adult and £1 per child.

Capacity is limited to 200 people.

Donations will be welcomed.

To order tickets, visit emsworthmums.com/2016/07/02/bring-lindsey-gates-home-family-fundraiser/