Brit ‘living dream’ in Gran Canaria spends year in hospital after collapsing

A British woman who had been recovering from a brain aneurysm in a hospital on a Spanish island for over a year has returned to the UK.

Danielle Sheriff had been “living the dream” in Gran Canaria for 10 years but collapsed in September last year after feeling unwell for a number of weeks.

The 34-year-old’s condition had deteriorated and her parents Ronnie and Julia Sheriff were told to fear the worst.

In November, her parents were told Danielle had no chance of surviving.

However, just before Christmas, she showed slow signs of improvement and her parents have been fundraising ever since to bring her home.

Her father Ronnie, 61, was already back in the UK, having returned to continue his work as a taxi driver.

Speaking to ChronicleLive prior to her return, Ronnie said: “I think she will start to make more progress when she’s home, and we’ll find it easier to communicate with the doctors and nurses.

“She moves very little and can’t communicate at the moment but we believe she knows what’s happening.

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“We’ve taught her to move her eyes and her arms and legs are moving a little bit so she is getting better.

“We were told at the time that if she could see out of one eye after a year we would be lucky, but she’s doing more than that.”

The family are aware that it will be a long road for Danielle’s recovery as she arrived back in the North East yesterday.

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She is now being looked after by Royal Victoria Infirmary but her parents hope she will be transferred to the centre for neurorehabilitation at Walkergate Park.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to allow people to help Daniella.

The current target is £6,000 but the page reveals the cost to bring Daniella home was in the region of £20,000.

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The page says: “She needs a medical team to fly with her and the plane will need to be adapted to accommodate her bed as she wouldn't be able to sit in a chair for the flight. This obviously doesn't come cheap.

“As soon as funds are raised she will be allowed to fly so we are hoping within a few weeks. The cost of this flight falls at the feet of neither government and is therefore being paid for privately via fund raising. The cost is nearly £20,000.”

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