- Charline Edwards, 24, saw a “dream holiday” in Cape Verde turn into a nightmare
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A British woman has seen her “dream holiday” turn into a nightmare after a “freak accident” left her paralyzed and stranded in a “disastrous” hospital with £48,000 in medical bills.
Charline Edwards, from Birmingham, was enjoying a beach day in Cape Verde with her boyfriend when she was swamped by a massive wave and he lost sight of her underwater.
The wave swept the sales representative 20 meters out to sea before crashing on the seabed, causing severe damage to her spinal nerves that left her unable to move her arms and legs.
The 24-year-old was unable to fly back and is stuck in a hospital on the island after she and her partner Callum Aston forgot to take out travel insurance for the trip, which they had arranged at the last minute from a colleague who was not in the mood to do so Location was going.
The couple said they now have to pay more than £10,000 in hospital bills and a further £38,000 for an ambulance to take Charline home so she can receive “professional” treatment.
Charline Edwards, from Birmingham, was enjoying a beach day in Cape Verde when the “freak accident” occurred
Charline, 24, and her partner Callum Aston, 28, forgot to add travel insurance they had taken out at the last minute from a colleague
Callum, 28, said from the Cape Verde hospital where Charline was being treated BirminghamLive The couple had been paddling in the sea when things took a horrific turn on Thursday.
“The water was a little choppy, but nothing serious.” “The flags were green and showed us that it was safe to swim,” recalls the sales manager.
“We were less than waist deep in the water, Charline was lying on her back and relaxing in the water.”
“Suddenly a very large wave landed on her. When I finally rose from the wave, it was nowhere to be seen.
“She was about 20 meters deep in the water where she had been pulled back into the sea when I managed to find her.” She suffered a nerve injury to her spine and could not feel anything below her neck at the time.
He added: “We had a really bad experience in hospital. “We are concerned that her injury could become a long-term injury if we are unable to get her home as there is no MRI scanner on the island and we Therefore, we cannot tell how extensive the nerve damage is.”
Callum’s mother said he and Charline were “both very scared and need to get home as quickly as possible”.
The couple had a “dream vacation” on the island of Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa (archive photo)
Callum’s mother Julie has since launched a fundraising campaign to help cover Charline’s costs.
Julie said: “I have had several calls to the British embassy who refused to help and also to the travel company they booked the trip with.”
“Cape Verde is not equipped to handle the intensity of treatment and she could become paralyzed if she is not treated soon.”
“Charline is only 24, they are both very scared and need to get home as quickly as possible.”
Currently over £9,000 of the £45,000 they hope to raise has been donated to bring Charline home.