Brit left in coma ‘nearly died’ after plummeting 40 feet from hotel balcony

A British tourist left in a coma after falling from a hotel balcony before a night out has told how she has had to learn to walk and talk again.

Jennifer Walsh, from Edinburgh, was on holiday in Croatia when she fell from her hotel balcony while getting ready for a night out with pals.

The 23-year-old was putting a shoe on while out on the balcony when her foot got stuck and she toppled over the wall, falling around 40ft to the ground.

The next thing Jennifer remembers is waking up in hospital having been put in a coma after the fall last October, the Daily Record reports.

She suffered a bleed on the brain, two separate skull fractures, a broken collar bone, a fractured wrist and broken ribs which punctured her left lung.

She said: “I was in an apartment getting ready with friends we had met on a boat trip earlier that day.

“I went out to the balcony to collect my shoe and put it on, but my foot got stuck on the balcony ledge.

“I then woke up in hospital a week later to see my mum in hospital. Everything in the middle is a total blur.

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“Because I was on so much medication, to begin with I didn’t realise what had happened. I was too out of it to be scared.

“But now I can’t believe what happened, I’m just so happy to be here and healthy. I nearly died.”

Her distraught parents James, 48, and Victoria, 54, flew to Croatia to be at their daughter’s hospital bedside.

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Victoria said: “On the flight there, James and I were taking turns to cry. We were beside ourselves. Due to Covid, we could only visit Jennifer in hospital for 15 minutes.

“The amount of tears we shed at her bedside could have drowned her. To see your child unconscious is horrific.”

Jennifer, who worked in banking, had part of her skull removed to stop her brain bleed, with medics fearing her recovery would take up to six months but she has already learned to walk and talk again with the help of NHS medics at the capital’s Astley Ainslie Hospital.

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