A grandmother who was stuck in Turkey after falling ill on holiday has died – but her family can’t bring her body home to be buried.

Gwyneth Palmer travelled to Marmaris with her husband Gwyn on September 6 for a two-week holiday.

But the 77-year-old fell ill shortly after they arrived and the couple’s family set up a campaign to get them home, reports Wales Online.

Mounting hospital bills and a dispute with their travel insurance provider meant they had to raise thousands of pounds themselves.

Her family hoped the Llanelli gran would recover and soon be released from hospital.

However, this weekend they were told the devastating news that the retired seamstress had died.

Gwyneth’s family are now raising money so her body can be flown home

In a post on a fundraising page, granddaughter Michaela Mortimer wrote: “It is with deep sadness that I wish to inform all of our supportive followers and donors that on Saturday morning, my Grandmother, Gwyneth Palmer, passed away.

“As a family we are utterly devastated by this news and by the fact that we were unable to bring her home in time.

“My Grandfather is utterly heartbroken.”

Mrs Palmer had always enjoyed her annual holiday abroad with her husband Gwyn, and the couple were meant to fly back to the UK on September 20. However, after Mrs Palmer contracted pneumonia around 10 days previous to that, she was admitted to a Turkish hospital where, despite an initial improvement, she remained until her death.

The family has said the hospital that cared for Mrs Palmer will not release her body until they have received as much as £15,000 in unpaid medical bills, a situation that they have described as “heartbreaking”.

The family’s efforts had already raised more than £3,000 by the time of Mrs Palmer’s death, and they have offered any donors the opportunity to reclaim their donation. However, they are keeping the fundraising page open in the hope they can afford to arrange for Mrs Palmer’s body to be repatriated, so that she can be laid to rest in her home town.

“We would like to say thank you to every single person who donated and sent messages of support,” added granddaughter Michaela.

“Every share meant that someone else heard our campaign and although we didn’t manage to bring her home, we came so very close.

“As a family, we would like to offer all our donors the opportunity to withdraw their donation, so please get in touch is you wish to do so. However, any money that remains will be used towards the cost of bringing my Grandmother home to rest and to make a small dent in the medical bills.”

The Palmers with their three children

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Mrs Palmer had three children – Andrew, Jackie and Jason – with her husband Gwyn, whom she married almost six decades ago.

In a statement, they said: “Sadly, we have lost a very important member of our family.

“Mam and Dad were married for 59 years and were rarely apart. She always had a smile on her face but also ruled the roost when needed.

“Mam came from a large family and we have lots of memories of family celebrations, especially at Christmas time. Mam was a gifted seamstress and made a lot of her own clothes, as well as her daughter’s and her granddaughter’s s wedding dresses.

“Mam always loved being part of the family and will be sadly missed. She will always be in our hearts.”





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