Friday, September 27, 2019

DJ left in coma after sleepwalking off 80ft balcony

A DJ who sleepwalked off an 80ft balcony while on holiday said he is 'lucky to be alive'.

Paul Cartwright plunged from his hotel room in Malta where he was celebrating his 45th birthday with his girlfriend.

The father-of-two suffered 28 broken bones in the fall and says the last thing he remembers was smoking a cigarette on the balcony before plummeting onto the concrete below.

His fall also left him with a fractured neck, a smashed pelvis, a broken femur and foot as well as internal bleeding and cracked ribs.

Paul, a DJ on London-based radio station MuusicFM, said his girlfriend Danielle Hickey found him after getting up in the middle of the night.

He spent two-and-a-half weeks in an induced coma after his fall on Thursday August 15.
Paul was finally airlifted from Malta back to to Biggin Hill airport last Saturday, racking up an air ambulance bill of more than £20,000 on the way.

Speaking from his bed at Kings College Hospital, London, Paul said his ambition is to learn how to walk again unaided - and he has started a fundraiser to help with rehabilitation costs.