AFTER the heartbreak of turning off the life support of 44-year-old Danny Mostyn, his partner and family are now struggling to pay the funeral costs.
The Bungawalbin husband, father and grandfather spent two weeks on life support in an induced coma following a motorcycle accident on Whiporie Road on August 23.
His step-daughter Stacey Smith said Danny and her mum Sharron Garrett were riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles home from visiting friends on the Gold Coast when he hit a stray cow on the road at dusk.
"He always rides behind mum, because mum's still learning," she said.
"But for some strange reason, he overtook her, only four kilometres from home, and he hit the cow."
Mrs Smith said the impact crushed Danny's lungs and chest and resulted in a major head injury.
She said her mum held him so he could breathe until the ambulance arrived and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was able to airlift him to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
"He saved her life and in turn she tried to save his life as well," she said.
"She gave him a chance anyway."
Mrs Smith said doctors at the Gold Coast University Hospital worked to remove a blood clot in Danny's brain and put him into an induced coma on life support.
However, Mrs Smith said when Danny was taken out of the induced coma, he didn't respond.
"He deteriorated very fast after that because the doctors hadn't realised he also had brain bleeds as well," she said.
After Danny's life support was turned off, his mate Matthew Thomas started up a Gofundme crowd funding page to help raise money for the family to cover the costs of the funeral and loss of income.
Mrs Smith described her step-dad of 15 years as a larrikin who was passionate about Harley-Davidson motorcycles and "absolutely adores" her mum.
She said he was also a regular supporter and participant of charity motorcycle rides.
Mrs Smith said the family wished to thank all the people who have donated money so far and the staff at the Gold Coast University Hospital who kept them informed and were extremely compassionate.
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