Gravesend mum's fundraising plea after son breaks back in balcony fall in Turkey (From News Shopper)
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A Gravesend mum is trying to raise £12,000 to bring her Dartford son home from Turkey after he fell from a balcony
A MOTHER is desperately trying to raise £12,000 to bring her son home from Turkey after he broke his back falling from a balcony.
Heather Parry and her two sons Kane Parry, aged seven, and 25-year-old Charlie Smith, flew out to Marmaris on September 27 for an 11-day holiday.
But on October 5 Charlie, who has a one-year-old son, fell from their third floor balcony at the Green Nature Resort and Spa - breaking his back in three places.
Miss Parry, of Havelock Road, Gravesend, told News Shopper: "I heard him screaming so I ran to the balcony and saw him laying on the floor.
"I phoned reception and they got an ambulance.
"I don't really know what happened.
"Apparently they were saying at the hospital that Charlie said he jumped off the balcony.
"When I asked him he said he couldn't remember."
She added: "He has been very depressed over the death of his father who had cancer.
"The day we flew out to Turkey was a year to the day we buried his dad."
Charlie, of Lowerfield Street, Dartford, has undergone an operation to remove bone fragment from his spinal cord and requires another operation.
Miss Parry has raised £7,000 but still needs to find £5,000 to pay for medical bills and a plane to bring him home on a stretcher.
She said: "I have sold his car, pawned jewellery and borrowed money from friends - I have exhausted every avenue.
"I need to get as much money as I can to get him home."
Miss Parry used Virgin Insurance to cover their trip but says the company will not pay out as it does not cover balcony incidents.
A Facebook group has been set up called Charlie Smith Recovery Fund to try and raise more cash.
Miss Parry returned from Turkey on Monday (October 8) but is flying back tomorrow (October 12) to be with Charlie.
A Virgin Money spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the claim and we are investigating.
"We are dealing directly with the customer’s family and are unable to make any further comment at this stage."
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