Coronavirus: Senior Kingston couple evacuated from Spain amid COVID-19 outbreak, home safe

Editor’s note: This story is an update to an earlier story already published. 

A senior couple stuck in Granada, Spain managed to get home to Kingston late Sunday night.

“Something came through on my iPad saying, ‘We can take you home today. Call immediately,’” said 77-year old Suki Falkner.

That message, which came on Sunday morning Spanish time, was from Global Jetcare, an international air ambulance company based out of Spain.

“They drove me right up to this little Learjet.

And so began a 13-hour trip back to Kingston and their home in Postsmouth Village.

“The next hoop was the Azores to St. Johns, Newfoundland,” says Falkner, “and then finally the last hoop was Kingston, were an ambulance was waiting for us and drove us home last night and carried me in.

“And here we are. It was incredible.”

Happy to be home with her husband, 86-year old Fred Colwell, both are now feeling a deep sense of relief and gratitude for all the support they received in Spain and here in Canada.

“We had the occasional thought that we would die in Spain,” says Falkner. “Looking back, I don’t know if that was realistic or not.

“But it was something that passed our minds. I don’t have the words to describe how grateful I am to be home.”

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