THE husband of a woman left with brain damage after a mystery collapse has thanked wellwishers who have sent thousands of pounds to help bring her back home from hospital.

Devoted husband Gregg Ormondroyd said his family's life was ripped a part when Donna, 35, collapsed at their home in Tyersal, Bradford, on August 18 this year and was put in a medically-induced coma, before scans revealed damage to her brain.

Mr Ormondroyd, 29, wants to bring his wife home but their house can not be adapted enough to meet her needs so they are waiting to be rehomed.

An appeal in the Telegraph & Argus has helped raise £4,000 so far.

The money will be used to make their new home suitable for her care, said Mr Ormondroyd, a bus driver who is looking after their four children - Blake, five, Rocco, three, Savannah, two, and six-month-old Honey.

The couple also have two step-children, 16-year-old Kelsey and 13-year-old Harvey.

Doctors have told Mr Ormondroyd his wife is awake but cannot respond and has no control of her bodily functions although slight changes have been noticed with some movement in her hands and feet.

Medical staff at a private neurological rehabilitation centre at Woodlands, York, have carried out some assessments and the family will hear later this week whether she can be moved there for three months until she can potentially be moved home.

Mr Ormondroyd said he had been told his wife needs 24-hour care but NHS funding would only cover 14 hours of that.

He said: "We are keeping our fingers crossed she will be able to go to York to get help.

"It's a long way from us here in Bradford but it's what's best for Donna that matters.

"We have to take this day-by-day but we hope eventually to be able to bring Donna home with us. We are finding it hard but have to cope as best we can."

He added: "The kindness of strangers has touched us greatly. We've received about £4,000 now after putting out the appeal which is just amazing. When we get Donna home we want to make sure she has everything she needs."

People who have donated to the appeal so far include an an 82-year-old man who contacted the T&A to say he wanted to give £50 to Mr Ormondroyd's appeal but did not have a computer so was sending it through the post.

"It means so much to us that people are giving their help. We hope it continues and want to say a big thank you to everyone," said Mr Ormondroyd.

Anyone who wants to help the family can do so by going to