Brit backpacker fighting for life in £40k surgery after plummeting from balcony

A British backpacker has been left in a critical condition and fighting for his life after falling from a balcony while on his travels.

Jack Heathcock, from Redcar, Teeside, suffered the fall from a balcony in Thailand while he was backpacking around the country with a pair of mates.

The 21-year-old had been due to travel home on June 19, but just two days before leaving he fell from the third storey in the city of Chiang Mai.

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The Teeside University nursing student has had to have surgery to try and heal his spleen, liver and kidneys following the horror fall.

Bleeds on his brain and lungs have also since been discovered, as have fractures to his pelvis and neck.

Jack remains in Thailand as he has not been fit to travel for around a fortnight after the initial fall, the circumstances of which are not yet clear.

Jack’s family has been left devastated, desperate to get their lad back home,TeesideLive reports.

Issues have arisen however over travel insurance with his sister Chloe, 26, saying: "Jack did have a travel insurance policy in place for the trip and my parents have been in regular contact with the travel insurance company and the British Embassy in Thailand.

"Unfortunately following their investigations, the insurers have deemed that due to the circumstances of the incident, they will not be covering the claim.

“We are looking to appeal this decision but are heartbroken that we are left with total costs expected to exceed £40,000, this is not an amount that we as a family can afford."

Doctors reckon he won’t be stable enough in the next month to make the journey.

Chloe has remained at home while her and Jack’s parents headed to Thailand to be with him with Chloe, who has now launched aGoFundMeto help get her little brother home, adding: "It's the type of thing you read about, but never expect to happen to your family."

At the time of writing the GoFundMe has pulled together some £14,000.

Chloe added: "To help end this nightmare we need Jack back home to the UK, where we can get him the help and support he will undoubtedly need for his continued recovery."

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