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Family of balcony fall may have to sell home

PUBLISHED: 13:22 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

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THE family of a student who was horrifically injured after falling from a balcony in Mexico may be forced to sell their home in order to pay his medical bills. Former Dartford Grammar School pupil Philip Pain, 21, from Bexleyheath, arrived back in the

THE family of a student who was horrifically injured after falling from a balcony in Mexico may be forced to sell their home in order to pay his medical bills.

Former Dartford Grammar School pupil Philip Pain, 21, from Bexleyheath, arrived back in the UK on February 6 after numerous life-saving operations in Mazatlan.

The Pains estimate they have spent more than £80,000, some borrowed from friends and family, whilst their insurance company AXA is disputing paying out.

His father has rubbished their claims that his son intentionally threw himself from the seventh floor of the hotel on New Year's Day. "We will have to sell our home of 22 years to pay for Philip's treatment," he said.

"It means downsizing and it just seems that AXA are not keen to foot the bill because they think he did it deliberately, and that is very frustrating.

"Not once have they contact my son, us, his friends or even his GP to see if there may have been any reason as to why or if he was suicidal.

"Philip has a history of sleep walking and as someone who knows him and how happy he was in Mexico there is no way he intentionally jumped."

More than 11,000 people joined a Facebook group to help find supplies of rare O-negative blood for the popular Southampton University student.

Mr Pain was due to undergo an operation yesterday to asses the extent of damage to his legs and spinal column.

Mr Pain added: "An 18-month fight to regain full fitness would greatly benefit him. That situation will become clear in the next few days and we just have to hope that he surprises us again with better than expected recovery.


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