British holidaymaker Peter O’Malley is fighting for his life on a ventilator after falling ill with acute pancreatitis at his sister’s dream destination wedding in Greece.
Two days after the ceremony in Rhodes, the 33-year-old had breathing difficulties and was rushed to Rhodes General Hospital.
His condition which is not related to Covid-19, became rapidly worse overnight. He was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and placed on a ventilator.
Acute pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach which aides digestion, becomes inflamed in a short amount of time.
Although doctors in Greece say he’s ‘just about well enough to fly back’, his insurance won’t cover the cost of an emergency flight, as they claim his condition could be ’caused by the alcohol he had on the all inclusive’.
The family have since launched a GoFundMe page to raise £28,000 for a private flight to bring him home.
O’Malley’s mother Tracie Seaward told MailOnline: “It’s so hard seeing him like this. He’s my baby and as a mum I feel powerless seeing my baby on a ventilator.”
“All I could do was stroke his feet and will him to pull through. It’s awful seeing your baby in pain like that,” she added.
His sister’s wedding was originally scheduled to take place in June, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I was so proud to see one child get married the other day, and now I feel like my world is ending because another might die,” Seaward continued.