British tourist is fighting for his life after falling from 3rd floor hotel balcony

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 04-06-2023
  • Travel
  • Photo Credit: Ashleigh Lomas
British tourist is fighting for his life after falling from 3rd floor hotel balcony

A British holidaymaker is fighting for his life after falling from a 3rd-floor hotel balcony due to undiagnosed pneumonia, his girlfriend claims. Dan Boyle, a 31-year-old engineer from Stockport, was on holiday in Lanzarote with his girlfriend Ashleigh Lomas when he tumbled over the wall of the balcony.

He was immediately given CPR by another holidaymaker and was taken to hospital in Arrecife, where doctors allegedly discovered Dan had undiagnosed pneumonia. They believe his lungs filled with fluid because of a chest infection which made his heart stop beating and then made him tumble over the balcony.

The dad-of-two suffered a fractured skull, a fractured breast bone, and a torn kidney, and broke his ribs in the fall, and was flown from Lanzarote to a hospital in Gran Canaria, where he had brain surgery, an operation on his kidney, and was put in an induced coma for four weeks.

Speaking to the Mail Online, Ashleigh said she just wants Dan to come home to their children: “It's just an absolute nightmare. It's something that you would never expect to happen to you. Our children are just missing him, they just want him home.”

The couple, who have been together for 12 years, arrived on holiday in Lanzarote on April 23rd. The accident happened the day after they had started their holiday and Ashleigh said the couple were “laughing and joking” just half an hour before.

She said: 'He was perfectly fine. We were in the pool together half an hour before, laughing and joking. He had a little cough but we didn't think it was anything serious. It wasn't a constant cough, it was just a little one, so you obviously wouldn't think anything of it.”

Dan is now conscious but is still unable to communicate with anyone. Doctors have told Ashleigh they think he will have “really bad” damage to his brain, but they won’t know the full extent until he is fully awake, she said.

He will also need a specialist flight back to Manchester which costs around £35,000. Their insurance has covered the hospital bills but won't cover the flight home, so Ashleigh, a barmaid, is now raising money for the flight so he can 'get the care that he needs' back home.

She said: “It would mean everything for him to come home, everything would be so much easier for everybody. He will be able to be around people who he knows and get the care that he needs.”

You can donate to the Go Fund Me here.

British tourist is fighting for his life after falling from 3rd floor hotel balcony