Birmingham & Black Country

Appeal for injured snowboarder Sara Baker

A Birmingham woman who broke her back snowboarding in Canada is struggling to return home for rehabilitation as her travel insurance has expired.

Sara Baker, 30, needs to raise around £50,000 for a specially adapted air ambulance and medical care.

She lost control while in the resort of Whistler and needed surgery to repair crushed vertebrae and almost severed her spine.

Her family and friends are now trying to raise funds to bring her to the UK.

Rescuers had to land on a glacier to rescue Ms Baker, who was in Canada helping to set-up a restaurant with a friend.

Speaking from her hospital bed, Ms Baker recalled the accident saying there was a drop of about 20ft (six metres) into a pit where the wind had blown the snow away.

'A silly mistake'

Thanking everyone for the support given, she said: "I've never experienced pain like this, ever, ever before."

Ms Baker has been told that there is a good chance she will walk again after months of rehabilitation, but that there is a possibility she will not be able to have children.

Her friend, Steve Woods, added: "She thought she had an annual policy, a silly mistake, we've all done it before.

"We all need to get travel insurance and make sure it's valid because no-one would expect a £50,000 bill."

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