Update on Man who Broke his Neck on a Benidorm Waterslide

Last month this newspaper reported the story of David Briffaut from Benfleet in Essex, who broke his neck on a waterslide. David, aged 23, was visiting the Aqualandia Waterpark in Benidorm with his girlfriend when he decided to have a go on the Aquamania Splask slide. The ride left him with two broken vertebrae in his spinal cord after a freak accident saw him slam head first into the water. Doctors diagnose that he will need life-long care.

The British man is currently on a life support machine and is scheduled to undergo surgery before being brought back to the UK, where his rehabilitation process will begin.

Friends and family set up a Justgiving online donations page which has raised £75,000 in just a week. The surge in donations is partly due to comedian Jason Manford and his team of “Charity Ninjas”, who work together to support special fundraising pages, and have thrown their weight behind David.

A post on Mr Briffaut’s Justging page states “#charityninjas and Jason Manford, thank you so much, I cannot put into words what your donations and support mean. We are so close to reaching our target. #supportdavid.”

Mr Briffaut’s uncle, Mark Pooley, says: “David is getting stronger on a daily basis. His reliance on oxygen is down to 40%, which means he’s slowly starting to breathe on his own. We are just looking for him to be strong enough and well enough for the hospital to say he is fit enough to come home by air ambulance. We are hoping as a family for good news, but it is down to David and how strong he is, although it is the hospital’s decision to decide that he is well ebought to travel.”

David could be permanently paralysed. His parents said they expect his future expenses to include changing their home to make it accessible to him, new treatments and more.

We send him every good wish for his future.


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