A young Sheffield woman almost killed in a holiday horror fall is on the road to recovery – walking for the first time since the accident.
Amy Wigfull suffered a broken back, pelvis, shoulders and wrist, smashed teeth, bleeding on the brain and a punctured lung after sleepwalking out of a window in her hotel in Spain and falling 50ft to the ground. Doctors have told her she will never be able to run again and she has lost full flexibility in her right wrist.
But the 24-year-old is currently able to walk short distances with the support of crutches. Today, speaking exclusively to The Star, Amy said she felt lucky to be alive.
“I have been walking with crutches and it is about building my strength up,” she said. “It has been really hard and really painful.”
“But I still feel really lucky. It still hasn’t really sunk in.”
Amy was on a family holiday to celebrate her mum’s 40th birthday when the accident happened.
After returning home in an air ambulance in June, she has started to undergo physio but is expected to take a year to recover from her injuries.
Amy, who is staying with her mother Shelley in Mexborough as she recovers, had not taken out holiday insurance – but a major fundraising campaign raised the bulk of the £20,000 medical bills and repatriation costs faced by her family.
Amy said she was grateful for the support.
“I have seen a lot of the people that have donated to thank them,” she said.
Amy has been to visit her colleagues at the Size? shoe shop in Meadowhall where she works as a visual merchandiser, and said she hopes to be able to return soon.
She said she initially hopes to be able to do one day per week at the store from this autumn, before gradually building her hours back up.
“It was so nice to go back, I have really missed them at work,” she said.
“They were all excited to see me and everybody can’t wait for me to come back.”
Shelley said her daughter will be affected by the accident for the rest of her life, but said she is happy Amy should be able to live a normal life once her recovery is complete.
“She has visited everyone in her wheelchair and she is so determined,” she said.
“It will affect her for life. But it is nothing really compared to what could have happened.”