A BRITISH man has died after getting stranded in Madagascar while on a dream holiday to celebrate the end of chemotherapy treatment.
Jon Paul McAllister was on a trip round the Indian Ocean when he fell gravely ill and taken to a hospital on the remote French island Reunion.
The 38-year-old was told his stage-four bowel cancer has returned and pals were desperately trying to raise money for him to get back to Scotland.
He was days away from getting his flight home to Glasgow when he passed away at the weekend.
Jon and his partner Craig Park had gone to South Africa, Madagascar and the Seychelles to mark the end of his chemo and their January engagement.
After falling ill, the pair were unable to take their commercial flight back to Scotland.
A JustGiving page set up to try to raise funds for treatment and travel has announced Jon died with Craig by his side.
The post said: “Jon Paul fought so hard against this awful illness for nine long months and now he’s at peace.
“He was a legend that will live on forever in our memories and in our hearts.
“We were so close to getting JP home.
“A medical repatriation service had been organised to fly him home on Saturday before his health rapidly deteriorated.
“Unfortunately, this was a non-refundable cost.
“Jon Paul and all his loved ones have been completely overwhelmed and touched by the generosity and support of everyone and cannot thank you all enough.
“We are now doing everything we can to bring JP home for that Scottish send-off he deserves.
“Any further donations to help with this and the vast medical costs that have unfortunately been incurred, would be greatly appreciated by us all.”
The fundraiser had reached more than £25,000 on Monday.
Their target had been to reach £35,000 to pay for overseas treatment and an air ambulance flight home.
The full costs of hospital treatment are not covered, despite Reunion being a part of France.
Remote Reunion, which lies east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, is more than 6,000 miles away from the couple’s home in Glasgow.
The island only has a population of approximately 840,000 people.
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