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Egypt horse-injury Olivia Fairclough thanks £30K donors for return to UK

Olivia Fairclough before her accident and in a hospital bed Image copyright Fairclough family
Image caption Olivia Fairclough moved to Egypt in February 2015

A woman injured in a horse-riding accident in Egypt has thanked generous-hearted members of the public who donated £30,000 to get her home.

Olivia Fairclough, 31, was able to undergo surgery in Cairo before being flown to Teesside thanks to donations.

She is now being treated at James Cook University Hospital after being paralysed from the waist down in the April accident.

Ms Fairclough said people had been "phenomenal".

Speaking to BBC Tees, Ms Fairclough said: "All I remember is I was on the horse nice and quiet, then I remember waking up on the sand not being able to move and hardly able to breathe."

She suffered serious injuries after the horse crushed her but was unable to pay for vital surgery in Egypt.

Her family started an online appeal which raised enough money to pay for the surgery and then transport her to the Teesside hospital via the Great North Air Ambulance and Capital Air Ambulance.

Ms Fairclough said: "(The donations) have been absolutely phenomenal. The target being reached in 14 days was mad, I'm overwhelmed by all the donations from well-wishers just to get me home.

"The fact that strangers are donating to get me home is absolutely amazing, it's just wonderful.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody, you're in my heart forever."

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