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Mum fighting for her life after collapsing during hen do

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 10/05/2017 John Scheerhout

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A mum from Radcliffe is fighting for her life after collapsing during a hen party in Spain.

Mandy Farrell, 48, suddenly fell ill while she was drinking coffee in the bar at Hotel Marina in Benidorm on the morning of Saturday, April 29.

The mother-of-two grabbed her head and told her friend: “Oh my God - I think I’m dying.”

Mandy, who works for her husband’s stonemasonry business and as a barmaid for FC United, was escorted back to her room but paramedics were called when she started being violently sick.

She was rushed into intensive care at the nearby Levante Hospital, where she remains today.

Husband Paul, 47, was watching FC United at Broadhurst Park in Moston when he got a call from Benidorm informing him of his wife’s illness.

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He and their two children Kieran, 26, and Olivia, 19, caught the next flight to Spain and arrived at the hospital at midnight.

Doctors told the family that Mandy had suffered an aneurysm to the left side of her brain and was in a coma.

Big-hearted Paul, who helped build a memorial in honour of murdered PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone at Hyde police station free of charge, told the M.E.N: “It was awful. She was in intensive care on a life support machine. We didn’t really know what was going on when we arrived. They were concerned she was going to die.”

Five days after she had been admitted, Mandy started to improve and she has shown signs of life.

Speaking from Benidorm on Tuesday evening, Paul said: “Yesterday when I spoke to her she opened her eyes. We were convinced she could hear us when we spoke. We are trying to rein it in and not get too excited but it’s been a very emotional time, draining and overwhelming.”

Although Mandy has insurance, friends started a JustGiving page as her husband’s small stonemasonry business McGarry Memorials Manchester, for which their children also work, has effectively ground to a halt and the family has no income.

Its target of £1,000 was quickly reached and now the fund has topped £8,000.

Paul said: “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response.”

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