More than £10,000 has been raised to bring home a young Sheffield woman who plunged 50ft from a window while sleepwalking on a family holiday in Spain.
The family of badly-injured 24-year-old Amy Wigfull today thanked the people of South Yorkshire after hundreds of people made donations, some of as much as £500.
Speaking to The Star from Malaga, Amy’s mum Shelley said the support from home is hugely appreciated by Amy.
“I just can’t express in words what it means to Amy,” she said.
“She has been crying about how she can’t believe what is going on in England.”
But it is unclear how much Amy’s final medical bills will be – while the cost of flying her home may be £17,000 if an air ambulance is required to get her back.
Her family and friends are trying to raise more money to pay for her medical care because Amy did not take out any insurance for the short four-day trip to Benalmadena.
Amy was on holiday on the Costa del Sol 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.
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 has had two operations in hospital so far, but needs another one on her back.
Shelley said it was unclear when the operation will take place, or when Amy will be in a fit condition to return to England.
“She has been laid in the same position for over a week,” she said. “None of the nurses speak English, and Amy just wants to know when she is having her back operation.
“If she makes a speedy recovery she can move off intensive care into a room where we can spend longer with her.”
Shelley said the family will not know whether an air ambulance is needed to transport Amy home until after her back operation. If it is, the family have been told they will have to pay £17,000 for the flight.
She said she expects it will be weeks before Amy can leave hospital.
“We are taking each day as it comes,” she said.
“It has been an absolute nightmare, and I don’t think it has hit me yet what has happened.”
But she added the family have drawn strength from the support they have received back home.
“I want to say thank you to everybody who has donated,” she said.
“Amy has been saying how much she appreciates it and that she didn’t know she had that many friends. People she doesn’t even know have donated.
“It is a massive weight off our shoulders, and we are feeling the support.
“It is unbelievable and Amy is lost for words.”
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