NY woman stuck in Spain after nasty fall

August 13, 2010 2:25:10 PM PDT
A retired teacher from West Nyack is in a hospital in Spain after falling and injuring herself while on vacation.

People have stepped up to help raise the money to fly her home but her family is waiting for her condition to improve so that she can make the trip.

Last month Maria Paz Coffinet traveled with her daughter and grandsons from West Nyack to Spain. It was a dream vacation to show 9-year old triplets her hometown of Hervas. But while on a stroll the 77-year-old slipped near a brook and hit her head.

Since then the family has been on a roller coaster ride trying to bring the retired school teacher home from a Madrid hospital.

The first obstacle was finding a way to pay for medical transport which costs $75,000. But upon hearing her story, the teachers union in Nyack had good news for the family, as a retiree Coffinet's flight is covered by insurance.

The benefit was actually pointed out by the retired president of a neighboring school district who had taught one of Coffinet's daughters.

Still Coffinet cannot be flown back until her condition stabilizes. The family remains optimistic, and is flying the Spanish flag outside their home until she returns.