Friday, 29 Sep 2023

Brit dad fighting for life after 30ft horror holiday fall from hotel balcony

A father-of-two who fell 30ft off his Lanzarote hotel balcony is fighting for life after his injuries medics fear could leave him with permanent brain damage.

His friends and family have now launched a GoFundMe appeal to fly Dan Boyle, 31, home on a specialist medical flight.

The dad from Stockport was left on the pavement needing resuscitation after an undiagnosed chest infection made his heart stop and caused him to tumble from the balcony in the Canary Islands, friends say.

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He was with his partner, Ashleigh Lomas, together with Ashleigh's sister and her partner at the time, the MEN reports.

Friend Toni Albiston, who has launched a GoFundMe appeal, said Dan was flown over to Gran Canaria – a flight medics feared he might not make – and had surgery to relieve pressure on his skull.

Toni said their insurance has covered the ongoing costs of his healthcare in the hospital, where he remains, but won't fund a specialist medical flight back home to the UK he needs.

She said: "Dan was on the balcony and Ashleigh was inside the other room talking to her sister.

“This was on the first night.

“They had only been there for about six hours or so.

"Ashleigh came out to look for Dan and looked over the balcony to see him being resuscitated.

“We have been told a nurse was walking out of the hotel at the time and resuscitated him then called for help.

"When he got to hospital, Ashleigh was told that he had had a chest infection which was pneumonia.

“It caused his lungs to fill up with fluid and his heart to stop.

“They have told Ashleigh that it is possible that he is not going to be the same person when he gets better."

The horrific accident happened on their first night in the Canary Islands – they had only landed around six hours earlier for a week-long break in the sun.

Dan, who lives with Ashleigh and their two children, aged three and eight, in Hillgate, Stockport, but is originally from Offerton, fell from three storeys up around 25 to 30ft.

He suffered a fractured skull, a fractured breast bone and ribs in the fall.

Ashleigh returned home to Stockport with the children two days ago.

Dan is now stable but can't talk or communicate, according to Toni.

She added in the GoFundMe blurb reads: "He was flown over to Gran Canaria and was told he may not make the flight.

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“But he made it there and went straight for brain surgery for a fractured skull and to relieve pressure on his brain.

"Then it was a case of getting the fluid drained from his lungs.

“He was on oxygen and in an induced coma for the past three weeks.

"His lungs are now stable and he is off sedation, but is still unresponsive.

“We don't know if he's going to be the same person due to the brain damage."

Toni said Dan was now stable enough to fly home, but needed a medical flight and the insurance won't cover it.

"We need to get Dan home to his partner and his two children," she added.

"Please help if you can."

You can donate to the appeal here.

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