Terminally ill dad stranded in Bali gets all-clear to fly home to Perth
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Terminally ill dad stranded in Bali gets all-clear to fly home to Perth

A terminally ill Perth dad stranded in Bali after suffering a fall while on a bucket list holiday has been given the all-clear to fly home.

Duncan Turner has been battling liver disease, as well as complications stemming from a blood clot on his brain, and had travelled to Singapore last month in a bid to swim with dolphins with his daughter — an experience high on the family’s bucket list.

Duncan Turner with daughter, Amelie, and wife Michelle Edgar.

Duncan Turner with daughter, Amelie, and wife Michelle Edgar.

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However the trip took a turn for the worse when Mr Turner suffered a fall while in Singapore.

With the family unable to buy travel insurance due to Mr Turner’s condition, they faced a costly process to bring the father back to Perth.

After treatment in Singapore, they were due to return to Perth via a stopover in Bali.

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But further complications arose when Mr Turner lost consciousness on the first leg of the journey and required oxygen, before he was urgently transported in an ambulance to a Bali hospital.

Since then, Mr Turner has been waiting for the green light from doctors to fly home to Perth for more treatment and a reunion with his five-year-old daughter Amelie, who returned earlier with her grandmother to start school.

I think I’m going to kiss the ground when I get home.

Michelle Edgar

The family finally got the good news that Mr Turner was cleared to fly on Saturday, with the 46-year-old due to depart Bali at 9.30pm on Sunday and arrive in Perth early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Turner’s wife Michelle Edgar told WAtoday the couple were looking forward to getting home and seeing Amelie.

“We’re just so keen to get back to our daughter,” she said.

“It’s all a bit surreal.”

A nurse who has helped care for Mr Turner in Bali will travel with him to Perth and on arrival he will be transferred straight to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

“[The news] was such a sigh of relief,” Ms Edgar said.

“That’s what we were waiting for — that clearance to fly.”

Mr Turner said he was relieved to get home and see his daughter but there was still a level of anxiety about the final leg of the trip.

Of the flight he took from Singapore to Bali when he fell unconscious, Mr Turner said the pain was so severe it was “exploding” and the couple hoped all would go well on the final flight to Perth.

The family has struggled to pay hospital bills, which were mounting without insurance to cover the trip, and has established a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $31,000 as of Sunday, skyrocketing past the initial target of $5000.

Duncan Turner and daughter Amelie as he received treatment in hospital overseas.

Duncan Turner and daughter Amelie as he received treatment in hospital overseas.

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Mr Turner and Ms Edgar said the support from the Perth community had been “overwhelming”.

“It’s been a whirlwind of emotions,” Ms Edgar said.

“To the Perthling group and Perth community; just thank you so much, we’re just so grateful."

“We’ve got a good community in Perth,” Mr Turner added.

The experience has lit a desire in Ms Edgar to help others and do what she could in the community once she returned, endeavouring to help others and be the “best version of ourselves we can be”.

“I’ve found it a life-changing experience, all the support,” Ms Edgar said.

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“Now I just want to do my best to help people the best I can.”

The big numbers of anonymous donations to their GoFundMe fundraiser in just eight days has filled the couple’s hearts with gratitude.

Ms Edgar said it made her proud to be from Perth and Australia.

“It’s exactly what Australia’s all about, isn’t it?” she said.

“I think I’m going to kiss the ground when I get home.

“We’re sure there’s going to be many happy tears.”

Cameron Myles is a homepage editor with WAtoday. Prior to joining the team, he was a journalist, sub-editor and editor at several publications up and down the West Australian coast, going from the red dirt of Karratha to the vineyards and beaches of Busselton and Margaret River.