Getting Kev home

Veteran Kevin Taylor or ‘Kev’ as his kids call him, returned home to Perth recently after suffering a severe and debilitating stroke.

Seven months ago Kevin Taylor had just retired and had travelled from his home in Perth to spend time with his daughter Jo in Melbourne. The sprightly 69 year old loved his annual Melbourne trips to share a laugh with Jo, drink wine along the Yarra River, catch a footy match or even the Cup. Unfortunately on his latest trip Kev’s and his family’s lives changed forever when he suffered a severe stroke that left him with diminished mental capacity and the need for constant care.  

A former RAAF Warrant Officer, Mandarin translator and of course, dedicated father put all his effort into recovering as best he could following the stroke. With his family by his side in person and in spirit, he focussed on getting well enough to get home to Perth to be where he could see his grandchildren grow-up.  

It was quite apparent to Kev’s family that he wouldn’t be able to travel home on a commercial airline, requiring constant care including feeding during the flight. So when Jo learned the Flying Doctor could take Kev home she was “over the moon.” 

“I know he will be safe and well taken care of,” said Jo. 

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