A man from Maghull is stuck in Thailand fighting for his life after his heart stopped three times.

Stephen Doyle was told he had suffered from a sudden heart attack in November while living in Bangkok, after he took himself to hospital complaining of chest pains.

The 60-year-old, who has dual citizenship in Thailand but regularly comes back to see his family in Merseyside, was told he needed to have stents fitted, so he booked to have the operation at a specialist hospital in Bangkok on November 23.

But things soon went from bad to worse for Stephen, when his heart stopped three times while in hospital and doctors had to bring him back to life.

Stephen's sister Janice White, from Bootle, said it took doctors 24 minutes to resuscitate him the third time and this caused him to suffer from a stroke.

Stephen is now hospital in Bangkok on a life support machine but with mounting medical bills, the family are desperate to bring him home to Liverpool.

They are trying to raise enough funds for the cost of a medically assisted flight and repatriation fees to bring him back to the UK.

The family are desperately trying to get Step

Janice, 52, told the ECHO: "This started on the 23 November. A couple of days before he had a heart attack.

"He'd been into hospital and they said he needed to have a stent fitted, so he went back to hospital on the 23rd to have it done.

"We've been told he went in to have the stent put in and his heart stopped. They had to resuscitate him which they did and then it stopped again.

"Then the third time it stopped it took them 24 minutes to get his heart beating again. That's obviously a long time and that's what caused him to have a stroke."

Janice said: "He's probably the fittest person I know. He goes kite boarding on the sea and paragliding and he's a keen cyclist.

"This just came out of the blue."

Stephen has been sedated in hospital and is currently unable to breathe without the help of a ventilator.

He has suffered from some brain damage and the right side of his body has been affected as a result of the stroke, but the extent of his injuries are currently unclear.

However, Janice said Stephen is still responsive and has shown signs of this when tests were done in hospital on Tuesday.

Stephen suffered from a sudden heart attack in November

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Janice said: "We're in a very difficult situation. We put the Go Fund Me up because he's got no insurance.

"He had accident insurance but didn't have life insurance. The hospital bills are mounting already.

"We want to try and get him flown home.

"Even if we were to go over there we'd have to go into a two week quarantine and we don't know Thailand. We want to get him back here.

"The communication between the Foreign Office and the embassy and local MPs has been slow.

"We're desperate. We just want to get him home as soon as possible."

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Janice added: "Unfortunately, even though we've asked for as much information as possible, because of the time difference and doctors and nurses coming at difference times we're getting mixed messages about what's happening.

"To know he's showing some signs of responding we're hopeful that once they've got him into a stable position they may be able to get him off the life support machine."

The family have set up a Go Fund Me page in the hope of raising enough money needed to cover a medically assisted flight for Stephen, including repatriation fees.

Janice said the affects of what has happened has hit the family hard, having suffered from a number of other tragedies in recent years, including the loss of their sister who was killed in a road traffic accident.

She said: "It's devastating. We still haven't got over losing our sister - she should still be here. We're still dealing with the aftermath of that.

"We lost our mum and our older brother and our sister, and now our brother is on a life support machine. It's hit the family hard."

To donate to the Go Fund Me page click here.