Lyon hotel plunge Euro 2016 fan Ben Crossley returning to Belfast
A young man who has been in hospital in France since suffering a fall while supporting Northern Ireland at the Euro 2016 is set to return to Belfast.
Ben Crossley is lucky to be alive after he fell from a third-floor hotel window in Lyon on June 17.
The 23-year-old's injuries included smashing his teeth and multiple fractures to his face so severe that he had to undergo reconstructive surgery.
He also suffered two fractured eye sockets, a broken hand, shattered kneecap and sprained ankle.
He remains in a stable condition.
Speaking previously to the Belfast Telegraph from his hospital bed, Ben said he was bolstered by the well-wishes of people all over the world.
Now posting on Facebook he has announced that he is on his way back to Northern Ireland.
Ben has shown he hasn't lost his sense of humour as he posted the announcement in the style of a breaking news sport story.
He said: "A deal has been reached which will see Ben switch from Lyon back to his hometown Belfast.
"The transfer, which has been in the works for over a week now, was completed late on Monday evening as middle men and third parties finally came to an agreement. It was originally believed that Ben would move to the Royal Victoria Hospital but the Ulster hijacked negotiations to get their man.
"Bon expressed his delight to our reporter "it's great, I'm so pleased everything has gone through. I'd like to express my gratitude to my agent and father for his efforts and also Craig David for helping me through the long days. I'm especially fond of his hits 'all the way' and 'fill me in'."
To boost funds to cover any treatment that may not be available on the NHS when he returns, Ben's friends have rallied and set up a donation.
Any surplus donations that exceed the cost of Ben's medical expenses will be donated to charity.
- To donate visit gofundme.com/fundforben