Woman paralysed in pole dance fall
A man has described how his wife was left paralysed after she broke her neck during a pole dancing exercise class.
Mother-of-two Debbie Plowman, 32, damaged her spinal cord during a class last December and, nine months later, she still needs a ventilator to breath and communicates using eye movements and a computer.
Her husband, Chris, told The Press, in York, how he has now started a massive fundraising effort to help his wife and also the charity Spinal Research UK.
Electrician Mr Plowman, from Haxby, York, described how his wife was only a foot above the ground, upside-down, when she fell on her head at the studio.
He told the paper: "This has been a heartbreaking experience for me and my two children.
"Debbie was and still is a fantastic mum, an amazingly beautiful wife and the most caring and honest person anyone could want to meet."
The couple have two children - Jack, five, and Ruby, two.
Mr Plowman said his wife had been attending pole-dancing exercise classes for two years before her fall.
He said supermarket worker Mrs Plowman was initially taken to York Hospital and then Hull Royal Infirmary before she was transferred by air ambulance to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital where she remains.
Mr Plowman said he was hoping she would soon be able to move to a rehabilitation unit nearer their home in York.