A young Sheffield woman who plunged 50ft from a window while sleepwalking on holiday has spoken to The Star of her desperation to come home.
Speaking to The Star from her hospital bed in Malaga, badly-injured Amy Wigfull said: “It just feels like it is never going to end. I just want to be back to normal again, go back to work and see my friends.”
Thanking the hundreds of people who have donated nearly £12,000 so far to bring her home, she added: “It is amazing and I’m just so overwhelmed.
“It means so much to me. I look at life differently now and I just can’t thank people enough.”
The 24-year-old will need either an air ambulance or a chartered flight to get her back to the UK, where she will be transferred immediately to hospital again to continue her recovery.
She has now undergone a back operation in Spain but her family do not yet know when she will be able to come home to England.
Amy said she has been told she will require around six months of therapy to recover.
Her family and friends are trying to raise more money to pay for her foreign medical care and repatriation costs, because Amy did not take out insurance for the short four-day trip to Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol.
Amy said she has no memory of the accident that almost killed her, and had to be told what had happened when she awoke in hospital.
“The last thing I remember is getting into bed and going to sleep,” she said.
Amy said the next thing she recalls is coming round in intensive care with her family standing over her in tears.
“I was thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’. My dad was crying and I was thinking, ‘What is going on, what has happened?’. I was so shocked when they told me.”
Amy said she was stunned by how many donations have been made to help her.
And she said she is hoping to organise a party in England when she returns, to personally thank all the people who have donated.
Amy said doctors are unable to tell her when she will walk again.
She was on holiday to celebrate her mum’s 40th birthday when she suffered a broken back, pelvis, shoulders and wrist, smashed teeth, bleeding on the brain and a punctured lung after sleepwalking out of a window in her holiday hotel.
She said her bones have to heal before she can begin therapy.
Amy, a visual merchandiser, who works at Size? shoe shop in Sheffield city centre, and is originally from Wincobank but lives in Wickersley, Rotherham, with her boyfriend, added the experience has put her off of foreign holidays for life.
“I never want to come to Spain again. I have said I’m never going on holiday - but if I do it will be to Blackpool or Skegness... and in a ground floor room.”