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Good samaritan comes to aid of balcony fall man

PUBLISHED: 11:19 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

HELPER: Simon Lynds,with his family, offers shelter and support.

HELPER: Simon Lynds,with his family, offers shelter and support.

AN EXPAT living in Mexico has come to the aid of the family of a 21-year-old student who suffered horrific injuries after falling from a hotel balcony. Simon Lynds, who grew up in Gravesend and left for Mexico five years ago, has offered accommodation an

AN EXPAT living in Mexico has come to the aid of the family of a 21-year-old student who suffered horrific injuries after falling from a hotel balcony.

Simon Lynds, who grew up in Gravesend and left for Mexico five years ago, has offered accommodation and support to the parents of Philip Pain, who fell from a seven storey hotel balcony while in Mazatlan on New Years Day.

Mr Pain, from Bexleyheath, broke both legs, his lower back and crushed his internal organs in the fall, and was in a coma for more than two weeks.

Since the Times revealed his plight on January 7, Mr Pain has come out of his coma, and doctors at the hospital in Mexico hope to fly him home to a UK hospital within the next week.

Mr Lynds heard about what had happened to Mr Pain via an email he was sent from a friend in the UK, appealing for O negative blood, which the student desperately needed in the first few days after the accident.

The married father-of-one said: "I thought if there was anything I could do to help, then I would. I managed to get in contact with Philip's parents at the hospital, and from there we got together.

"When I first met them, he was still in a coma, he had had many operations, nobody knew quite how bad his condition was, or when he was going to recover.

"I own a couple of apartments in the area and one of them was sitting there empty so I offered them a place to stay. It's not a big gesture. I think anyone in my position would have done the same.

"They have both been going through such trauma, and I have done my best to offer them as much support and emotional support as I can."

Within hours of the news of Mr Pain's accident reaching the UK, thousands had joined a group on social networking site Facebook, set up to appeal for help for the Southampton University student.

His parents Neil and Sally Pain are at his hospital bedside, and regular updates on Mr Pain's condition appear on the site.

On Monday a note on the site said doctors were "hopeful" that Phil would be able to travel home soon, and that he has been mouthing the word "yes" and shaking his head.

Mr Lynds, who still has family in Gravesend and visits once a year, added: "It really is a miracle he has survived that fall. But the family are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

"I have been asking everybody over here to keep Philip in their thoughts, some of whom have been sending get well cards to him.

"This is something I am pleased to do, and fortunate enough to be able to do.


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