x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Family's agony as Scottish chef dies after being assaulted in Dubai

Martin Carr had been on life support since being attacked on July 12 as he was getting out of a taxi near his home in Dubai Marina.

DUBAI // A Scottish chef who was assaulted last month died on Sunday at Rashid Hospital.

Martin Carr, 38, had been on life support since being attacked on July 12 as he was getting out of a taxi near his home in Dubai Marina. He fell and hit his head on the pavement.

His sister, Lorraine Carr, said he was immediately admitted to hospital and in a coma. After brain surgery to relieve the pressure caused by excess bleeding, doctors told the family that Mr Carr's chances of survival were slim.

"They told us that the damage to his brain was irreversible," Ms Carr said. "It was completely devastating. My brother was a very quiet, fun-loving person. He travelled around the world and enjoyed his own company. We don't know why something like this would happen to him."

The case is under investigation, but Ms Carr said police had arrested a suspect.

Mr Carr, who lived in the UAE for about 18 months, worked as a chef at a catering company on Yas Island and moved to Dubai six months ago. He had no medical insurance as he was between jobs at the time of the attack.

Ms Carr, 39, launched a campaign to raise funds needed to transport her brother to Scotland so he could be surrounded by his loved ones when he died.

In less than a month, the Scottish nurse was able to raise £7,000 (Dh40,308) of the £45,000 she needed to bring her brother home.

The money will now be returned to donors, given to charity or used for transporting Mr Carr's body to Scotland, Ms Carr said.

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