Honeymoon balcony fall woman to be flown home

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A woman who fractured her spine in three places while on honeymoon in Corfu is due to be flown home tomorrow.

Carrie Dudbridge, 27, fell up to 30ft from a hotel balcony on the Greek island last Sunday.

Her husband Michael, 29, from Lewisham, south east London, has received donations from various sources to raise the £16,000 needed to fly his wife home as they did not have travel insurance.

The couple, who got married on July 31, thought a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) would cover their expenses if they had an accident but it does not cover the cost of air ambulance repatriation.

Mike Lindley, a paramedic with Mediaviation, which provides private air ambulance medical flight services, said today: "We'll be flying out from Oxford Airport tomorrow morning, go to Corfu hospital, stabilise her and fly back in one day to Biggin Hill in Kent."

Mrs Dudbridge, a primary school secretary in Lewisham, fell from the balcony of the couple's first-floor hotel room.