A young woman is hospitalised in a coma thousands of miles from home after her buggy overturned in a popular holiday resort and left her with serious head injuries.
Ellie Horrocks, from Westhoughton in Bolton, has been placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering injuries including fractures to her spinal cord and clavicle less than two months after moving to Ayia Napa.
The 22-year-old moved to Cyprus in May to work and travel. The horrific accident has been described by the young woman's mum as "any parents worst nightmare", the Manchester Evening News reports.
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Ellie had hired a buggy on Monday (June 26) to go and see the sunset at another part of the resort when she was forced to swerve to avoid an oncoming car, her family has said.
Her buggy then overturned, and Ellie was left with serious injuries to both her head and spine.
The family of "amazing" and "creative" Ellie are desperately trying to get her brought back home to the UK.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, aunt Sarah said Ellie had moved to Cyprus in May to work in a bar, describing her as a "really, really, well-loved girl".
"She's young, so she likes going out with her friends, she's got loads and loads of friends, but she's also just a very creative person," Sarah said.
Mum Leanne has flown to Cyprus to visit Ellie in Nicosia Hospital – but they're hoping to be able to raise enough money to bring the bartender home to recover.
"It's awful – none of us are sleeping," she said. "Her condition is just so unknown at the moment. Every day, her mum gets a call off the doctor at 11am, and then they can only see Ellie for one hour."
But the cost of bringing Ellie back to the UK could be as much as £60,000, and isn't covered by her insurance.
The family launched a GoFundMe as a result, which has already exceeded its target with more than £62,000 raised to go towards the cost of an air ambulance.
In a statement on the GoFundMe page, mum Leanne said the family would "really appreciate" any support.
It continued: "Your donation will go directly towards the cost of on-going medical treatment in Cyprus and an air ambulance back to the UK," she wrote. "Any amount you can contribute will help Ellie to get the care and treatment she needs to reach a full recovery."
"As you can imagine this is any parents worst nightmare and I desperately need to get her home."
Sarah said the family wanted to thank everyone who had donated so far, saying the family had been 'overwhelmed by the messages of support, even from strangers'.
"All the donations and the kindness everyone has shown has just been incredible. So we want to thank them all."
You can donate to the GoFundMe here.
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