Family’s plea to get Alister back home

Alister Masters, who has been left stranded in hospital in Kuwait after a car accident
Alister Masters, who has been left stranded in hospital in Kuwait after a car accident

THE family of a contractor who was paralysed in a car crash in the Middle East have told of their attempts to get him home.

Alister Masters, 33, from Brandon, was living in Kuwait when the car he was travelling in was involved in an accident on April 24.

Mr Masters was left with a broken back, stretched spine and collapsed lung and is currently recovering in Al-Adan Hospital, Kuwait City.

He was uninsured at the time of the crash due to being on a short break between contracts and his family have been left footing hospital bills of more than £500 a day.

Ashley Masters, Alister’s brother, said the family was now trying to raise around £24,000 to get him back on a medical plane.

“We are doing anything and everything to get him home – we need all the help we can get.

“If it was the other way around and one of us was out there, Alister would be the first person to help us out,” he said.

The hospital has told the family that there is nothing more it can do for Mr Masters.

Ashley said they now needed to get his brother home to receive treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

“The hospital out there isn’t the best and he’s been picking up infections every day,” he said.

Alister, a former Methwold High School pupil, has been working in Kuwait as a contractor for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and previously served in the Navy.

But his brother said his service had little influence on the Foreign Office in terms of getting him back to Britain.

“It’s been extremely frustrating when you see criminals being extradited but they can’t spend a bit of money to get one of our own home,” he said.

To donate, call Ashley Masters on 07791 512217.