The Hartley family (pictured) have closed their fundraising to get Reds supporter Abby Hartley home from Bali where she is hospitalised in an induced coma.
Husband Richard Hartley said he was hoping to have Abby flown back to New Zealand this week (first week of September) by a private jet paid for by donations to a Givealittle page, with the balance met by the family.
Donations to the Givealittle page closed on August 30 with $237,000 raised.
The aircraft will cost about $168,000 and hospital bills have so far topped $100,000, Richard Hartley said.
“We will be coming up with the remainder and have stopped donations now,” he told Stuff.co.nz.
Abby is an enthusiastic supporter of Cambridge FC where son Toby (16) plays for the club’s reserves team.
Toby is currently in Bali, spending his days beside his mother’s hospital bed.
Abby (41) and Richard went to Bali at the start of August for a “second honeymoon”, without Toby and his sister Sophie, but she was rushed to hospital with a twisted bowel.
Emergency surgery removed part of her bowel but she later suffered acute respiratory distress syndrome and was put into an induced coma.
Since then, Abby has suffered kidney failure, a collapsed lung and several infections.
Daughter Sophie told Stuff.co.nz that oxygen deprivation means she’s also suffered brain damage but no one will know the extent of the damage until she wakes up.
Sophie has returned to New Zealand to help run the family tiling business.
Insurance cover has been declined as Abby’s condition was considered to be pre-existing.
The New Zealand Government has declined to provide financial support, saying the illness was contracted overseas.
The family has publicly acknowledged the support of all those who have donated to their Givealittle page.