British woman fights for life in Spanish hospital after insurance refuses to pay out

A British holidaymaker is in a life-threatening condition at a hospital in Tenerife after developing pneumonia.

Elaine Ruddick’s condition has gradually worsened over the past couple weeks and she has been placed in intensive care at Santa Cruz hospital.

Her husband Charlie says he is unsure whether his wife will survive the viral infection.

He also claims they have been left trapped in the country after their insurance company refused to pay out over a ‘technicality’.

Friends and family back home in the UK have now launched a fundraiser to get the 57-year-old back home.

“This is the closest I have ever come to losing my wife in 37 years of marriage,” Mr Ruddick told The Sun .

“I have never cried so much in all my life. It has been touch and go for over a week. She’s still very critical, but thankfully getting a little bit more stable.

“It’s almost unbearable for me to see the pain in her face, but I have to be strong to tell her it will be okay. Honestly though, I don’t know if she is going to live or not.”

Charlie quit his job to become a full-time carer for his wife after she suffered a stroke in 2015 which left her partially paralysed in the left leg and hand.

He says she was fully fit and healthy when the Milton Keynes couple arrived in Tenerife earlier this month.

But her health deteriorated rapidly after she fell ill on Friday, April 19.

The couple now face medical bills of up to £7,500 and it is feared that Elaine faces a further month in hospital if she manages to pull through.

Thousands of pounds have already been pledged by generous donors online to help the couple.

A GoFundMe page set up for Elaine read: “As most of you will know Elaine has had some issues with her health in recent years but like a true fighter she has battled through.

“However on a recent holiday to Tenerife she has been rushed to hospital and placed on a life support machine with pneumonia and a viral infection.

“We wouldn’t be asking for any support however due to the insurance company refusing to pay out due to a technicality they have now been given a bill for £7500 that will rise daily.

“Elaine has the fight of her life and any little donation will go towards covering some of the bill.”