Aussie breaks neck on beach in ‘freak accident’
SYDNEY radiographer Siobhan Quinn is convalescing in Spain with seven broken vertebrae, ordered not to move from her hospital bed, after a 100kg statue fell on her head.
Quinn, 26, was travelling in Europe on her way to live in London with her boyfriend Cameron Danzey, when she fell victim to what he called a “freak accident” the day before she was due to start her new life in Britain.
“We were just sitting at the beach (in Majorca) on a ledge. About head height there was a big tree-trunk looking thing, this bloke tried to squeeze past and it knocked her on the head,” Mr Danzey said.
“Luckily, there were two Swedish paramedics that were on holidays there who helped her. It happened in a split second, I didn’t know what to do.”
Mr Danzey said that despite Ms Quinn being ordered not to move from her bed, the accident was unlikely to have lasting consequences. But Quinn did not have travel insurance.
“She is having to cut her dream short after paying thousands in registration fees and now hospital fees,” Mr Danzey wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to raise $60,000.
After one day online, more than $23,000 of the $60,000 goal had been raised for the health professional.