British gran fighting for life after balcony fall in Spain

Holidaymaker suffered serious injuries after fall in Alicante

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British gran fighting for life after balcony fall in Spain

A British tourist is in a critical condition in hospital after falling three storeys from a balcony on holiday in Spain.

Geraldine Martin, 55, fell on the first day of her holiday in Alicante.

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The mum-of-three, who has six grandchildren, is in a hospital in Spain, and her family are desperate to bring her back to Northern Ireland.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Geraldine's sister-in-law said the situation was a "living nightmare".

She said: "Geraldine had gone out for two weeks with her friend, just for a break.

"The accident happened the first night they were there.

"She fell from a third floor apartment balcony, approximately 45 feet, and has sustained unbelievable injuries.

"She has a shattered pelvis, broken ankles, a broken arm and suspected broken ribs.

"Geraldine also has a rupture in her abdomen."

Ms Martin did not have travel insurance, and also had a pre-existing lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Due to the nature of her condition she cannot fly by air ambulance.

She will be in hospital for months, and her family would like her to be treated at home.

Transport by ferry is likely to cost around £14,000, reports the Mirror.

Her son, Gerard Martin, has set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving in a bid to get her home.

On 4 May, Gerard wrote on the crowdfunding page: "Just a wee update, mum still in a coma and also now has an abscess in abdominal which needs to be treated. So more complications to overcome. The hospital tried to let her breathe by herself but to no success. Tomorrow's a new day, thanks to everyone for donations, really appreciate it."

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