Grantham woman is helping to raise £30,000 to bring seriously ill friend home from Cambodia

Lauren Duke and Patsy Boguzas.
Lauren Duke and Patsy Boguzas.
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A Grantham woman is highlighting the plight of a friend who has fallen seriously ill and is in intensive care in a Cambodian hospital.

Lauren Duke, of Gonerby, has joined others in trying to raise the money to help bring Patsy Boguzas home after she fell ill with pneumonia and septicaemia.

Patsy Boguzas with children in Cambodia.

Patsy Boguzas with children in Cambodia.

Lauren, 22, met Patsy when they started work on a banana farm in Australia together. Lauren came home in June last year and kept in touch with Patsy, from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire. Patsy left on her travels again to Thailand before visiting Cambodia where she fell ill.

Now a funding page has been set up and it has so far raised more than £17,000 in just four days.

Lauren said: “I met Patsy in our first week on the farm. We were out there for a year and travelled round Australia together. She is an awesome person, the craziest person I have ever met. She is the life and soul of the party.”

Lauren, who works for Grantham Caravans, says she has been in contact with Patsy’s sister who is by Patsy’s bedside in the Cambodian hospital in the capital Phnom Penh.

Lauren said: “It’s a really tough time for the family. I cannot imagine what they are going through. We are all thinking of them and we will do whatever we can to help.”

Lauren is holding a fund-raising coffee morning on Sunday between 9.30am and 12pm at the Reading Rooms in Barrowby. There will be lots of raffle prizes, cakes, refreshments and a kids’ play area. Anybody can go along.

Lauren said that Patsy’s experience showed how important it was for travellers to make sure they are insured and have the right insurance.

To make a donation go to www.gofundme.com/help-get-our-patsy-home

On the Gofundme pafe it says: “Patsy was diagnosed with severe pneumonia which has caused issues with other organs. Over the past week Patsy´s health has deteriorated further and she is now being cared for around the clock in the ICU. She is currently connected to a ventilator to assist her breathing and is receiving ongoing dialysis. Patsy is currently in a critical condition and is battling this illness with every inch of her being like the little fighter that she is.”