Balcony fall dad's Leicester family in plea for cash help
The family of a father of six who is fighting for his life in a Tunisian hospital after falling from a hotel balcony are trying to raise £22,000 to fly him home.
Karl Nethercot suffered serious head and chest injuries when he fell from the second-floor balcony of the Abou Sofiane hotel, in Port El Kantaoui, on Tuesday.
Mr Nethercot, who was born in Leicester and lived in the city until about a year ago, is on a life-support machine in Sahloul Hospital, in Sousse.
His family said his insurance company would not pay his medical bills or for an air ambulance to fly him home as he had drunk alcohol when the accident happened.
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The 33-year-old's family are trying to raise the money to bring him back to the UK.
His sister, Mandi Dann, 38, of Newfoundpool, Leicester, flew out to see her brother with their parents Dawn and John, who live in the West End of the city, on Wednesday.
She said: "He fell two floors and now he's in hospital on a life-support machine.
"We've been over to try to sort things out, but it's not looking good at the moment.
"We'll know more after he's had a brain scan."
"The insurance firm said they weren't going to cover it because my brother had had a drink."
Her partner, Stewart Smith, 36, said: "Karl's mum and dad aren't coping very well and we're trying to comfort them and give them as much support as we can.
"We need to raise £22,000 for an air ambulance to fly him home and to pay the hospital fees which are growing every day.
"They won't release him until all the bills are paid.
"The incident is under police investigation and until that has been appraised we wouldn't like to speculate on what happened."
Karl was on a package holiday with his partner, Emma Huszarik, and children Ethan, 20 months, and Kiera, nine months, plus members of his partner's family.
Mr Nethercot's sister-in-law Samantha Davison, 24, of Nottingham, said: "Karl is such a kind man. He would do anything for anyone."
The insurance with Homecare was provided free when Ms Huszarik took out an account with Santander bank.
A spokeswoman for Santander said: "Homecare and Santander sympathise with the difficult situation Miss Huszarik and her family face.
"However, the claim has been declined because Mr Nethercot's actions put him in breach of the terms and conditions and therefore invalidated his cover.
"Homecare has offered to support Mr Nethercot on an uninsured basis and has provided assistance and guidance wherever possible."
The family has organised an evening at West End Working Men's Club in Braunstone Avenue, Braunstone, on November 22 to raise money.
Donations can be made out to account number 35349490, sort code 09-01-28 at Santander, in Narborough Road.