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Antigua shooting: friend thanks donations for getting shooting victim home

Chris Tester was shot in the head during an armed robbery in Antigua. Credit: family photo

A friend of a Devon man who was shot during an armed robbery in Antigua on Christmas Day has thanked fundraisers who helped get him home.

Chris Tester from Torquay was shot at his parents' restaurant on the Caribbean island while protecting his mother.

After surgery to stabilise him in Guadeloupe he was returned home in a private air ambulance which was paid for by a fundraising campaign online.

Charlotte Williams said it was great to hear he had landed back safely but it had been a 'logistical nightmare' to get him home.

An air ambulance which she describes as essentially an 'intensive care unit' was sent from Germany with medical staff and equipment including supplies of blood.

The plane had to stop several times to refuel and fly at a lower altitude to protect Chris' brain from swelling.

Nearly £105,000 has been raised by a crowdfunding campaign set up to get him home. Chris is now being treated at Derriford hospital.

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