Tourism

Holiday water slide accident leaves tourist 10cm shorter

A British tourist has reportedly been left 10 centimetres shorter after she “shattered her spine” at a popular holiday water park.

The Sun reported that Jennifer Proctor, 25, was thrown from a bodyboard on the 64 kilometre per hour “Banzai” ride at Aqualand in Mallorca, Spain.

Proctor said she suffered severe spinal fractures from the accident, which reportedly left her 10 centimetres shorter.

She was travelling with her partner, Jodie Morgan, when the incident occurred.

Proctor told The Sun she and her partner had only just arrived at the park, and the water slide was her third ride that morning.

She said things immediately went wrong “as soon as I started going down the slide.”

“Before I knew it I crashed straight into the pool below,” Proctor said.

“I knew immediately something was seriously wrong. I was screaming at Jodie, ‘I can’t swim, I can’t swim’, which was very strange as I am a strong swimmer.”

Proctor was transferred to a nearby hospital, after being treated by a park doctor for approximately two hours, where she reportedly remained for six weeks.

“I had my first surgery three days after I was taken into hospital,” she said, adding her injuries were so severe that a specialist was flown in from mainland Spain.

“After the operation I discovered I was four inches shorter. When I went on holiday I was five foot, seven inches – now I am just five foot, seven inches,” Proctor told The Sun.

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