Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth man in coma after Ibiza balcony fall

Ryan Elley (at the front on a previous holiday)
Image caption Ryan Elley's family are trying to raise £15,000 to fly him home to the UK

A holidaymaker from Portsmouth is fighting for his life in hospital after falling from a hotel balcony in Ibiza.

Ryan Elley, 20, from the North End area of the city went on a last minute trip to the Spanish island with friends.

He suffered bleeding on the brain in the fall in Playa d'en Bossa on Sunday and is now in a coma at a hospital in Majorca with his family at his bedside.

His family and friends are now trying to raise money to bring him home after he went on holiday without insurance.

His father Simon Elley said Ryan fell from a second-floor balcony at the Jet Apartments in the resort and was airlifted to Son Dureta hospital in Palma, Majorca, where he was put into a medical coma.

"No-one really knows specifically what happened or how it happened," Mr Elley said.

"He was getting ready in his room and his mates came back to find him and they looked down [from the balcony] and he was on the floor with a couple of people around him and in a serious way."

Mr Elley said he had been told by doctors that his son has brain injuries and a broken vertebrae, but the extent of those injuries are not yet known.

Surgeons are planning to operate on his back in the next few days.

Mr Elley said the family now faced with a £15,000 bill to pay for an air ambulance to bring him back to the UK when he is well enough to travel because he did not take out medical insurance prior to the trip.

"Me and his mother didn't even know he was going," Mr Elley said.

"I got a phone call from one of his friends out there and he told me [about the accident] on Sunday evening as soon as it had happened.

"Me and his mother and his grandmother flew out first thing Monday morning to Palma."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman confirmed that its staff were providing consular assistance to the family.

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