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Spain hotel blast woman's treatment praised

Carol Gardener
Image caption Carol Gardner remains in a coma in intensive care in Malaga

The family of a British woman who was seriously injured in a hotel explosion in Spain have praised hospital staff for her treatment.

Carol Gardner, from Weston-super-Mare, who is in a coma, was injured as she walked past the building with her husband, sister and brother-in-law.

The 53-year-old remains in an induced coma in intensive care in a hospital in Malaga.

Her brother-in-law Andrew Loud said hospital staff were "being fantastic".

The family were on holiday at the Hotel Globales Cortijo Blanco when the side of the building blew off at about 10am local time (0900 BST) on Monday.

Mrs Gardner was airlifted to a specialist trauma unit in Malaga and had to have brain surgery.

'Very traumatised'

Her sister Julie Loud suffered severe cuts to her legs. Their husbands were walking ahead and received minor injuries.

Mr Loud said: "Carol is having very good care in the intensive care unit in Malaga. The hospital are being fantastic.

"Julie is back at the hotel with us. She is very traumatised and very stiff with bruises and cuts. We are all still very shocked at what's gone on."

The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated.

Mr and Mrs Loud hope to return home to the UK on Friday.

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