A young Sheffield woman is lucky to be alive after suffering multiple injuries when she plunged 50ft from a window while on a family holiday in Spain.
Amy Wigfull, aged 24, was on a girls’ holiday on the Costa Del Sol to celebrate her mum’s 40th birthday when she suffered a broken back, pelvis, shoulders, wrist, smashed teeth, bleeding on the brain and a punctured lung after sleep walking out of a window in her holiday hotel.
The visual merchandiser, who works at Size? shoe shop in Sheffield city centre, is originally from Wincobank but currently lives in Wickersley, Rotherham, with her boyfriend.
She is in intensive care in a Spanish hospital awaiting surgery after the horror fall.
Now her family and friends are trying to raise money to pay for her medical care because Amy did not take out any insurance for the four-day trip to Benalmadena.
Her second cousin Clare Duffy, 40, from High Green, said: “It’s an absolute miracle she is alive. Someone is looking out for her because she fell a long way.
“It’s all really surreal.
“We woke up in the early hours of the morning and there was a commotion outside the hotel so we went to offer some help.
“There was what looked like a child laid out on the floor and we realised it was Amy – we couldn’t believe it, we thought she was in bed.”
Clare said they believe Amy sleep-walked out of a low window in the bathroom and plunged to the ground. Amy and Clare were part of a group of 14 women including mums, daughters and nieces, who had gone for a short four-day break to celebrate her 40th birthday and that of Amy’s mum Shelley Wigfull.
Clare said: “The eldest was in her late sixties and Amy was the youngest. It was a nice family holiday. We weren’t out drinking every night, or staying out until 4am – it wasn’t that type of holiday.
“We were just chilling out in the sunshine relaxing and having a bit of banter. We were having a fantastic holiday until this happened. It’s heartbreaking.
“It’s going to be a long haul and Amy has got to have four operations – it’s going to cost thousands of pounds and her mum is really stressed.
“We are appealing to anyone who can help to donate £1 so that we can bring Amy home.”
Clare said Amy’s mum Shelley was still staying at the hotel in Spain and was spending every day at Amy’s bedside.
Amy’s friend Rebecca Scott has set up a fundraising page to help pay for her medical treatment.
Log on to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/amy-chester to make a donation.