Scottish dad dies in Dominican Republic, no travel insurance!
A SCOTS dad has died on a family holiday in the Caribbean after being struck down with a lung condition.



Frank Rice was rushed to hospital in the Dominican Republic after suffering from pneumonia.

His partner, Dawn, and two children, Jordan and Ashleigh, had been keeping a beside vigil.

But Frank, 49, developed pulmonary fibrosis and passed away in his sleep on Thursday.

Family and friends had been trying to raise money to pay for his medical treatment after insurance failed to cover £25,000 worth of medical bills.

They vowed to continue their campaign last night as Frank's distraught niece, Debbie McPherson, paid tribute to the ex-serviceman from Greenock.

She said: "I can't thank people enough for their support. As a family, we still need to keep going.

"Frank was very much loved and cherished by all our family. We have had an overwhelming response from people who want to help and I have not received one bad word from anybody.

"We are asking people to please continue donating and fundraising because the money is still needed."

Insurers said they could not cover escalating bills for the social care worker while he was being treated in hospital.

But they have now agreed to pay for the costs of flying him home for his funeral.

The family have also been given eight years to pay the hefty medical bills.

Debbie's husband, John, said: "I spoke to Dawn and she said she had contacted the insurance company after Frank died and that they have agreed to repatriate him.

"The hospital has given her eight years to pay the money back, but it is obviously still a lot of money to pay back."

Friends set up a Facebook page to raise cash after Frank fell ill - and John confirmed the campaign will continue.

He said: "If Dawn doesn't want the money for the debt then it will go to a charity of her family's choosing, perhaps the British Lung Foundation."




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