British tourist stays behind at 10 cm SHORTER after serious spinal cord injury on the & # 39; Banzai & # 39; slide
A British tourist has revealed that she was left four centimeters shorter after breaking her spine on a water slide in Mallorca.
Aspiring teacher Jennifer Proctor, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was at Aqualand Park on the Spanish island when she claimed she was thrown out of a plate on the slide & # 39; Banzai & # 39; was used.
The 25-year-old suffered severe spinal fractures in the accident before being operated abroad, including fusion of two vertebral vertebrae and the insertion of metal rods and pins into her body.
A few months after the treatment, she suffered from recurrent sepsis infection and claims that the fractures on her spine made her four inches shorter with the injuries that had turned her life upside down.
Mrs. Proctor, who was in Mallorca with her partner Jodie Morgan at the time of the accident, told MailOnline that she was not instructed on how to sit on the board before going down the slide.
It only comes a few weeks after the British vacationer David Briffaut was paralyzed by a bizarre accident in a water park in Benidorm. Terrifying video images showed his head forward as he hit the water.
Jennifer Proctor (on the right in both photos & partner Jodie Morgan) enjoyed a day out at Aqualand on the Spanish island of Mallorca in September 2018 when she was involved in an accident on the water slide & # 39; Banzai & # 39;
Jennifer said she was involved in an accident on the & # 39; Banzai & # 39; water slide (photo), which according to her resulted in her persistent severe vertebral fractures
Mrs. Proctor described her vacation on Mallorca as a & # 39; nightmare & # 39; and had to give up her job in retail for further operations.
Jets at the top of the Banzai slide propel the rider to speeds of up to 40 km / h. The ride is at an altitude of around 40ft.
The idea is that you can fly & # 39; fly & # 39; when landing in the pool below.
Although her memory of the accident is blurry, she says she can remember her sign that something had hit & # 39; touched & # 39; when she went down the slide and was thrown off.
She then says that she has hit the water with so much force that her spine was severely broken.
Mrs. Proctor says she had no choice but to leave her job as a retail manager at Road Chef while undergoing two operations.
Jennifer told MailOnline that she was not given instructions on how to sit on the plate provided to her while she was going down the water slide
The next thing she knew was that she had hit the water with so much force that her spine was severely broken
She said she can walk again now, but is waiting for a third surgical procedure this year.
She has occasionally been able to perform office work as a QA tester.
Mrs. Proctor said: & The past ten months have been terrible. I thought I'd have the time of my life on vacation, but it soon became a nightmare instead.
& # 39; It was very difficult to undergo surgery abroad, away from family and friends, and I feel that my life has been turned upside down by my injuries.
& # 39; I just hope I can get the answers I'm looking for about what happened. & # 39;
After the accident, she appointed specialized international personal injury lawyers to Irwin Mitchell to investigate what happened to her.
She said she can walk again now, but is waiting for a third surgical procedure this year
Virginia Zarin, Irwin Mitchell's lawyer who represents Jennifer, said: & At this time of the year, many people move abroad for their summer vacation. Unfortunately, in some cases the holiday did not go as expected, and in the case of Jennifer it was completely ruined.
& # 39; Jennifer loves swimming and was absolutely devastated to hear that she had suffered serious fractures in her back. Her life has been turned completely upside down and we hope that by discovering what happened, we can at least get some answers that Jennifer needs to move on. & # 39;
MailOnline has contacted Aqualand for comments.
The case of Mrs. Proctor arose weeks after the British vacationer David Briffaut was left paralyzed after a bizarre accident in a separate Spanish water park.
The family of 23-year-old David Briffaut shared encouraging news last week that he was able to communicate with relatives after leaving his livelihood and returning to the UK.
Mr Briffaut, a talented junior golfer, had been on vacation at Aqualandia water park while on vacation with his girlfriend Penny Bristow when he was involved in a bizarre accident.
Mrs. Proctor's case arose weeks after the British vacationer David Briffaut (left behind with his girlfriend Penny Bristow) was left paralyzed after a bizarre accident in a separate Spanish water park
With frightening slides along Penny, frightening video footage lets his head shoot forward as he hits the water.
He lost consciousness for a minute before being taken to the hospital by ambulance and kept in an intensive care unit.
After he was first placed on a life-support machine, news later emerged that David had partially restored his speech.
A spokesperson for Aqualandia in Benidorm told MailOnline at the time that it was & # 39; just false & # 39; is to suggest that the ride is unsafe.
They said that before a park is opened every season, an external company makes a thorough assessment of all the slides. Furthermore, park employees check them every morning.
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