Holiday hell is finally over

Daley Thompson.
Daley Thompson.
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A HOLIDAY from hell is finally over for Daley Thompson after he was crushed beneath the wheels of a car in a Magaluf horror crash.

The 21-year-old is now recovering at his home in Patterdale Avenue, Marton, after spending 25 days in intensive care in a Spanish hospital.

Mr Thompson had only been on the holiday island of Majorca for three hours when he was dragged under the wheels of the Range Rover along with three other men as they stood in a busy Magaluf high street on July 2.

The 21-year-old suffered injuries to his head, left leg and arms in the incident.

A tear in his lungs required two lifesaving operations.

His mother, father and sister, who immediately flew out to the Balearic island after hearing of the crash were told to expect the worst if he did not improve in the 48 hours immediately after his second operation.

But four weeks later and with a metal pin in his leg, the bookmakers’ assistant was flown home.

He today spoke to The Gazette about his traumatic ordeal alongside his relieved mother Joanne Roberts.

He said: “I feel lucky to be here. People come up to me on the street and say they expected me to be a lot worse, but I didn’t realise how bad it was.

“I remember looking for my friend in the street then when I turned around the car hit me.

“When the ambulance came they had to put my leg back into place and that was the worst pain I’ve felt in my life. The exhaust went over my arms and burnt them and my ear was bleeding, but I kept telling my friend I was going to be out of hospital the next day.”

Mr Thompson has been signed off work for six months.

He says his experience in hospital was intensified by the language barrier.

He added: “Nobody in intensive care could speak English and couldn’t explain what was wrong with me.

“I couldn’t breathe properly during one of my first nights in hospital but I thought it was part of the injury to my leg.

“I only knew what had happened when I woke up with doctors and my family around me.”

Mr Thompson left Magaluf with a metal pin running the length of his left femur and is set to regularly attend a fracture clinic at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Mrs Roberts, 49, borrowed money from family and friends to fly her ex-husband and daughter out to Magaluf so they could be by his bedside, while a fund-raising night was held to pay for legal costs.

She added: “We are happy he is home but when I was over there I was numb and it was awful.

“I had to fly out to see him but when I had to leave him again it was the hardest thing I have ever done.

“He has got a six month recovery ahead of him but he’s been very lucky and I’m so glad to have him back.

“All the nurses we have seen at the fracture clinic have all said how lucky he is to even be walking again.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without everyone’s support. More than £1,200 was raised for Daley and shops and pubs put money together for him.”