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Brit mum who thought she had heatstroke fights for life in Turkey after airport collapse

A British mum who thought she had heatstroke has been left fighting for her life in Turkey after collapsing in an airport.

Melissa Kinsella, known as Missy by loved ones, was nearing the end of a holiday with her partner Jay Smith, his family and three children, Chloe, nine, Beau, four, and Romi, two when she began to feel unwell.

The 30-year-old, from Moreton, Merseyside was due to fly home on Monday, May 15 but collapsed in the airport after suddenly suffering a seizure, causing her heart to stop.

The mum-of-three was rushed to hospital in Turkey and doctors told her family she had swelling on her brain and heart, reports Liverpool Echo.

Full-time hairdresser Melissa is now in a coma on an intensive care ward, and has been left unable to breathe for herself (Liverpool Echo)

Full-time hairdresser Melissa is now in a coma on an intensive care ward, and has been left unable to breathe for herself.

Melissa, who had no other underlying health issues, had complained on social media the day before she collapsed that she thought she may be suffering from heatstroke.

Speaking to the Echo, close friend Rebecca Dath said: "She was vomiting, felt unwell and that was the day before. When she got to the airport, she had a seizure and collapsed. That's been it since, she has been in intensive care on life support in Turkey."

Doctors told the family they will have to wait until the swelling on her brain reduces before any procedures can be carried out.

Rebecca added: "Doctors don't know what has caused it, but she has swelling on the brain and swelling on her heart.

"Missy's mum and dad were holidaying in Turkey in another area with Missy's auntie and uncles and partner. Jay rang her auntie because her heart stopped, and her children were there."

Costs have also been mounting from the treatment, as the family are currently unable to find out if she had medical travel insurance due to her being in a coma.

The hospital is charging £1,800 a day for treatment, and the family have also been told an air ambulance to bring Melissa home would cost around £42,000.

Rebecca has now set up a GoFundMe page to help meet the costs, where she describes her friend as "very, very popular" and "well loved".

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