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Philippine Medical Nightmare - Critically Ill & A Long Way From Home

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The tragic story of Peter Robinson - retired fire-fighter aged 66 suffers a stroke in Manila - without medical insurance

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A family from Northampton UK are desperately trying to raise funds to bring their critically ill father home from Manila. 66-year-old Peter Robinson has been almost completely paralysed after a stroke.

Peter Robinson is almost completely paralysed, and can only move his eyes.

His daughters say the hospital in Olongapo City, about 80 miles from the capital, Manila, will not discharge him unless they pay bills of tens of thousands of pounds.

Peter, a former firefighter who has lived in the Philippines for five years, had the stroke on the 9th of June.

Since then, his family have managed once to see him in hospital via Skype, and say it was heartbreaking.

It was awful. It was the most traumatic thing ever.

"We knew that he recognised our voices, because as soon as he heard us he was trying to almost try to cough out the tube and then we could see the tears rolling down his face and that was very very distressing to see.

"As much as we'd like to be talking to him on a fairly regular basis, to keep putting ourselves through that - and also to put him through it as well when he can't answer. It's just too much

Dianne Sutton - Peter's Daughter

The medical costs continue to mount

Peter does not have medical insurance, and his family say the hospital have told them they cannot discharge him until his medical bills are paid.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office told ITV News Anglia that this is a situation they have seen before, and that anyone travelling abroad should make sure they have insurance.

Peter had the stroke on the 9th of June..So far the charge for his hospital bed is £6400.His medication costs up to £250 per day and there's a charge for each visit by a doctor or nurse. So far the total is £900.

The hospital has asked for £2400 to perform a tracheostomy, and gastrostomy.The family are using Peter's pension to pay for some of those costs, but say they are mounting by the day.

A trained flight nurse has offered to escort Peter home free of charge, but for the flight they have been quoted almost £19,000.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office say they are aware of Peter's situation, and are giving consular assistance. The family say they just wish he had medical insurance.

"It doesn't make sense to go anywhere abroad for either a holiday or any length of time without insurance..

Please note the contents of the following video are distressing.

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(Courtesy Of the ITV Network in the UK)