Fire­fighter in­jured on stag trip to come home

Rochdale Observer - - NEWS - DA­MON WILKIN­SON da­mon.wilkin­son@men­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

AFIREFIGHTER se­ri­ously in­jured on his stag do in Ma­galuf will be re­turn­ing home to the UK soon.

Dad-of-one Alex Green, 26, trav­elled to the re­sort in Ma­jorca ear­lier this month with a group of 25 fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

But just six hours into the trip he was dis­cov­ered un­con­scious in the street with a bleed on the brain, frac­tures to his eye sock­ets, cheeks and nose, bro­ken ribs and a col­lapsed lung.

Po­lice believe Alex, who lives in Lit­tle­bor­ough and works at Rochdale fire sta­tion, fell from the first floor of a ho­tel build­ing site.

He was placed in an in­duced coma in hos­pi­tal on the is­land.

But now Alex’s con­di­tion has im­proved to the point where his fam­ily and fi­ancée Re­becca Thorpe, who have been at his bed­side since the ac­ci­dent, are mak­ing plans to re­turn him home for an emo­tional re­union with his twoyear-old son Zach.

An in­cred­i­ble £34,000 has been raised to help pay for Alex’s treat­ment through crowd­fund­ing web­site JustGiv­ing.

In an up­date on the site Alex’s fam­ily say they have been ‘over­whelmed’ by the sup­port.

It adds: “Thank you to ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port and do­na­tions, words can­not de­scribe how thank­ful we truly are, it re­ally is over­whelm­ing.

“Since the con­tin­ued progress Alex has been mak­ing day by day we have now be­gan the process of ar­rang­ing his repa­tri­a­tion home to be re­united with his young son Zach where he can then be trans­ferred to a Manchester hos­pi­tal to re­ceive fur­ther care and even­tu­ally be­gin his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“It has now be­come a lit­tle more clear to us since the over­whelm­ing sup­port and gen­eros­ity that we have re­ceived through the JustGiv­ing page, fur­ther do­na­tions as well as the fundrais­ing events still to take place and the fur­ther do­na­tions re­ceived to­wards them that we es­ti­mate the tar­get will have been reached to cover all costs we are go­ing to have in get­ting him home and even­tu­ally fit again.

“With this the JustGiv­ing page will now re­quire no fur­ther do­na­tions and is now in the process of clo­sure. Once again we can­not pos­si­bly thank every sin­gle per­son that has ei­ther do­nated, or­gan­ised fundrais­ers or sim­ply just shown their love and sup­port at this dif­fi­cult time enough.

“Fur­ther up­dates on Alex’s con­di­tion will come at a later stage. Thank you all.”

●Alex Green pic­tured be­fore his stag trip with fi­ancee Re­becca Thorpe, who has been at his bed­side in Malaguf since the ac­ci­dent

●●Alex and Re­becca with son Zach be­fore the trip

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