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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Barrow soldier in coma after holiday balcony fall

A BARROW soldier is in a coma in a Spanish hospital after falling 50 feet from a balcony.

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Ryan Westwood

Ryan Westwood had flown out to the Spanish resort of Magaluf with six friends on Sunday.

But just three days into their holiday, at around 9am on Wednesday, Mr Westwood fell 50 feet from the balcony of an apartment block in Martin Ros Garcia street in Calvia, suffering serious head and neck injuries.

A spokesperson for Spain’s Civil Guard police force said Mr Westwood had been trying to climb to an adjoining room via an outside window or balcony.

Police said the 22-year-old was taken to Mallorca’s Son Espases hospital where his condition was yesterday described as stable but serious.

Mr Westwood’s family, who live on Walney, said they have been told he has undergone surgery and was in a coma.

His grandfather, of West Shore Park, Walney, said yesterday(thurs) that Ryan’s parents were on their way out to Magaluf.

Mr Westwood said: “We don’t know a great deal at this stage, just that he’s in a coma.

“My son Michael has been told Ryan’s on a life support machine and we believe he has had an operation, maybe to reduce the pressure on his brain.

“He’d been really looking forward to this holiday.”

Ryan’s father Michael Westwood was on holiday in Turkey when he was informed about his son’s accident.

He was yesterday understood to be organising a flight to Mallorca to be with his son.

Mr Westwood said his grandson joined the British Army three years ago and is stationed at Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire.

Ryan served in Afghanistan earlier this year and it is understood that one of his friends from the army was among the group of friends who travelled with him to Magaluf. 

The soldier’s grandfather said he understood the army had been in touch with Ryan’s parents. A spokeswoman from the army said she was only able to confirm they were aware of the incident. 

Mr Westwood added: “We’re all just hoping that because of his young age and with him being fit and healthy he can make a full recovery.”

Across the Balearic islands 23 people have fallen from buildings this year.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was aware of Mr Westwood’s accident and was able to assist the family if needed.

A spokesperson for the FCO said: “We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British National in Mallorca on August 20 and stand ready to provide consular assistance.”

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