His family, including his heartbroken daughter Carly Plume, 35, who is 16-weeks pregnant, was told at first there was nothing the doctors could do.
“I was in shock, you don’t know what to do, and it was hard to get information because the hospital staff do not speak English,” said Carly.
“Breaking the news to my 84-year-old nan was awful because she has already lost her other son and it looked like she could lose him as well.
“She is in a state and we are all finding it difficult to even think straight now.”
Earlier this week, however, Mr Cotton’s family, including his five grandchildren and second daughter, were told he longer required pain killers and was breathing on his own.
But because he remains in a coma, he now requires more care than medical intervention, which hospital bosses say is not their responsibility.
Carly added: “We were told he needs to leave and either they would put him in a care home in Spain or we pay for a private air ambulance to bring him home.
Carly is now desperately trying to raise £20,000 to bring her father back to the UK.
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