MAN PARAL­YSED CHAS­ING MON­KEY WHO STOLE HIS HAT

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MON­KEY TROU­BLE: Jeff and his favourite hat DOZY Jeff Swe­den­hjelm has been paral­ysed af­ter he plunged from a roof while chas­ing a mon­key that nicked his favourite hat.

He fell 33 feet af­ter re­fus­ing to give up the chase for the mon­key, which had stolen his woollen beanie.

Doc­tors now say he may never walk again af­ter se­verely dam­ag­ing his spinal cord.

The Amer­i­can, 42, lives in Bali, where the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

His daugh­ter Lyric, 21, said her dad was de­ter­mined to get his hat back be­cause it was a sou­venir of his favourite foot­ball team. and he walked on the roof.

“He got up to the sec­ond floor, got up to the third floor and he was try­ing to get the mon­key to just drop it and run away.

“That’s the mem­ory he had.

“He un­der­stands that the way that he got into last this mess is hon­estly pretty silly, but the se­ri­ous­ness kind of takes away from that.”

Doc­tors are hope­ful a se­ries of surg­eries may give him some feel­ing back in his body if they can re­lieve the pres­sure on his spine.

But Lyric said: “Only time will tell. We aren’t com­pletely pos­i­tive.”

And she added: “He didn’t get the hat back. Damn mon­keys.”

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