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Balcony fall woman flown back home

A woman who fractured her spine in three places while on honeymoon in Corfu has arrived back in Britain.

Carrie Dudbridge, 27, fell up to 30ft from a hotel balcony on the Greek island last Sunday.

Her husband Michael, 29, from Lewisham, south-east London, received donations from various sources to raise the £16,000 needed to fly his wife home as they did not have travel insurance.

The couple, who got married on July 31, thought a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) would cover their expenses if they had an accident, but it does not cover the cost of air ambulance repatriation.

Mrs Dudbridge, a primary school secretary in Lewisham, fell from the balcony of the couple's first-floor hotel room.

Mediaviation, which provides private air ambulance medical flight services, flew from Oxford Airport to Corfu, returning Mrs Dudbridge to Biggin Hill airport in Kent.

A spokesman for Biggin Hill said: "She arrived safely at 4.30pm and has been taken by land ambulance to a hospital, I don't know which one."

Mediaviation also later confirmed that Mrs Dudbridge was back in the UK.

A spokeswoman said she had been transported by air ambulance and was currently in one of London's hospitals.

"The full statement from Mediaviation will be available at a later date," she said. "The family asked not to disturb them in the next few days and we hope that you will respect this request. At this point, Mediaviation Ltd, private air ambulance, would like to thank all people who helped with the fundraising to bring Carrie back home."


From Belfast Telegraph