A 24-year-old woman from Sheffield, named Amy Wigfull, is in intensive care after suffering from serious injuries at the four star Benalmadena Palace hotel, Malaga. The medics believe she was sleepwalking which caused her to fall 50ft from the hotel window. The toxicology test carried out by the medics came back clear, and proved Miss Wigfull was not under the effect of any drugs or alcohol prior to the accident.
Fortunately Miss Wigfull carried a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles her to reduced-cost treatment. However, her family may have to come up with up to 30 per cent of the €19,800 (£16,000) medical bills.
Miss Wigfull is currently on life support, connected to a ventilator after suffering appalling injuries including a broken vertebrae, broken pelvis, punctured lung, bleeding on the brain, broken teeth and broken ribs. The 24-year-old shop display designer is believed to need at least four operations, at a cost of €10,000 (£8,000) each.
Her cousin Claire Duffy said: “We think the fact that she was asleep is the reason why she fell so gracefully if you like, we can’t believe she survived, we think the fact she was asleep has saved her life.” Her family members insist that despite the freak accident, she has never sleepwalked before.
Ms Duffy’s family is trying to raise the €20,000 (£16,000) needed to fly her back to Sheffield. So far the general public’s solidarity has been overwhelming, with just under €10,000 (£8,000) of donations already raised towards her medical bills.
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