‘We just want her home’ says household of British backpacker crushed by quad bike in Greece | EUROtoday

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The sister of a British backpacker has begged for her to be flown dwelling after she fell 13 toes right into a ravine throughout a quad bike accident in Greece.

Courtney Leanne Boylan, from north-east Manchester, advised her mom she feared she would die alone after the car she was on with a pal crashed right into a fence on the island of Naxos final Friday and the quad bike landed on high of her.

The 22-year-old was left with fluid on her lungs, a cut up liver, a torn spleen and inner bleeding, and is at present in intensive care in an Athens hospital.

A resident in Naxos is believed to have climbed down to succeed in her earlier than the emergency providers hoisted her to a neighborhood hospital, the place her chest was drained, earlier than being taken to Athens General Hospital.

Her sister advised The Independent: “We need to get her home. She’s still in critical condition at the moment. Doctors are still watching out for her breathing at the moment because she’s finding it hard to breathe on her own.

“Surgery is looking like it may need to happen within her lungs but doctors said if they do operate it will leave her with life-long problems. The tubes in her ribs are still draining the fluid on her lungs too.”

Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades
Naxos is the biggest island within the Cyclades (Getty Images)

Her mom Debbie – who advised the Manchester Evening News she “booked the first flight out” to Athens after making terrified calls to the hospital and British embassy – mentioned Ms Boylan’s “heartbreaking” first phrases to her when she arrived had been: “I thought I was [going to] have to die alone.”

“We’re on day six now and Courtney is getting stronger,” her mom added. “She has two chest drains for pleural effusions, she has fluid on her tummy from the damage to her liver and spleen and X-rays have just shown she has clouding on her lungs.

“We’re all distraught, I have panic attacks when I have to leave and need to gather myself to be strong. The doctors and locals have all been amazing.”

The household launched a crowdfunding effort to fly Ms Boylan again to the UK for therapy, after being advised it could price both £5,000 for a flight sitting alone with help from medical groups, or greater than £36,000 for a personal air ambulance.

Her sister, who created the GoFundMe web page – which has up to now raised greater than £8,500 – mentioned whereas Ms Boylan does have medical insurance coverage, “due to unforeseen circumstances they’re refusing to pay out”.

Her mom mentioned Ms Boylan had deliberate to review after which journey, saying: “After university she got a job, saved hard and booked her backpacking trip to Greece. Her plan was to continue education or work in the field she studied once she got back.

“She loves history and wanted to go at it alone because she can make friends in an empty room. I dropped her off at Manchester Airport with a one way ticket on 6 June, and she headed to Rhodes and met lots of lovely people and friends.”

Ms Boylan then travelled to Kos and Mykonos earlier than heading to Naxos, the place she “met up with some lovely friends … and they had a ball”, her mom mentioned.

“One morning, two girls were going for a hike and Courtney and her friend didn’t want to, so they planned to sightsee on a quad. Her friend had a licence and booked a quad bike Courtney rode on the back.”

Her mom defined when the Greek roads grew to become slender, the chums pulled over to let a automotive cross.

She added: “After the car had gone, her friend went to turn the handlebars to pull out slowly and I can only presume pulled too hard on the revs, which sent them into a fence. They hit the gate and then went over the embankment.

“Courtney fell off the back and rolled down the ravine and ended with the quad on top of her. She got up and fell back over because she couldn’t breathe. They both wore helmets or they would have been dead.”