Katy Head was snorkelling in the Aegean Sea off the coast of the Greek island of Kos when she collapsed in front of her husband and eight-year-old son Leighton
A mother who was pictured floating face down in the sea after suffering a life-threatening brain haemorrhage on a family holiday has been flown back to Britain.
Katy Head, 39, was snorkeling in the Aegean Sea off the coast of the Greek island of Kos when she collapsed in front of her husband Craig, 38, and eight-year-old son Leighton.
Craig managed to drag her on board a boat and she was rushed to hospital where she underwent a five-hour operation on her brain on October 21.
Doctors said Katy suffered a brain aneurysm which ruptured and told her husband it wasn’t clear whether she would survive or be left disabled.
But her condition slowly improved after staying in an Athens hospital for several weeks and the mum was flown back to Britain this weekend.
Her treatment will now continue at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham or the Royal Derby Hospital.
Speaking before they set off from Greece, Craig said: ‘Katy has been declared fit to fly.
‘Katy and the doctor will travel in the comfort of business class but I will get economy.
This is the horrific moment Katy was left floating face-down in the Aegean after collapsing while swimming in the sea
Distressing: Doctors performed a five-hour operation on Katy soon after her aneurysm. Medics also had to fit an emergency drain to release the pressure from her brain and release some of the blood
‘It’s not a problem as long as we get back to the UK without any concerns.
‘The only issue with flying is if there was any air present in or around her brain.
‘None showed on the CT scan so they are happy she will be safe.
‘The doctor will inform the travel insurers of our preference to get an admission to QMC in Nottingham due to local contacts through work in the brain and spinal injury unit. ‘But I think they will just send her to the Royal Derby.’
Katy, who works as a play leader at a primary school in Alvaston, Derbyshire, was pictured floating face-down in the sea after her collapse when someone on the boat thought she was snorkelling.
After being rushed to the store, she was taken to a hospital in Kos before being transferred to Athens by air ambulance.
Doctors had to fit an emergency drain to release the pressure from her brain and release some of the blood.
She was placed in an induced coma and a doctor told Mr Head that they would have to operate to make sure there was no more bleeding.
Craig, who works for a Nottingham firm of solicitors, said he wanted to praise the Greek people who he described as ‘the best people I have ever met in the world’.
Happy family: Craig managed to drag her on board a boat and she was rushed to hospital where she would remain for several weeks
The dad, who lives with Katy and Leighton in Derby, added: ‘Their hospitality is second to none.
‘The downside is their economy is in crisis and the public services suffer.
‘If we had been here 10 years ago it may have been a much better environment but today it looks old, dirty, tired and dilapidated.
‘Through all of this, though, the doctors, nurses and all other staff work tirelessly to ensure everyone is as comfortable as possible.
‘I will be sad to leave, however there is much more to be pleased about, although now I have to also begin thinking about Christmas as well as getting Katy better.’
Brain aneurysm survivors can experience deficits in cognitive, or thinking, abilities. It is also common for sufferers to lose their balance and coordination.
An online fund-raising page set up to pay for the costs of flights to send the family home and pay for care has raised £14,000 in just four weeks.