Relief as insurers pay up for fall victim
PUBLISHED: 13:34 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010
THE family of a student who fell from a seven-storey hotel in Mexico say they are very relieved that they will not have to sell their home after an insurer agreed to pay his £70,000 medical fees.
THE family of a student who fell from a seven-storey hotel in Mexico say they are 'very relieved' that they will not have to sell their home after an insurer agreed to pay his £70,000 medical fees.
Philip Pain, 21, from Bexleyheath, plunged from a hotel balcony in Mazatlan on New Years Day, breaking both legs, his lower back and crushing internal organs.
Doctors feared they did not have enough O negative blood to operate but an internet campaign by his family saved his life, after donors from both sides of the Atlantic came forward.
His parents Sally and Neil planned on selling their home to pay the £70,000 Mexican medical bills and had even agreed an offer.
However, Southampton University, where Philip was studying before taking his gap year in Mexico, stepped in.
It instructed their insurers, Maven Underwriters, to cover the costs.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mrs Pain said: "It was kind of a surprise. It is a big weight off our shoulders and we are very relieved we don't have to sell the house.
"We had agreed an offer, so although we felt bad about pulling out, the buyer was very understanding."
Philip's 22-year-old sister Stephanie, started the campaign to find donors on social networking site Facebook and attracted more than 8,000 followers.
It is not known how Philip fell from the balcony, but a toxicology report shows no sign of drugs or excessive alcohol.
He is currently recovering in Kings College Hospital in Camberwell after an operation to put a foot-long nail into his right lower leg. He is waiting to be transferred to Stoke Mansfield Hospital in Aylesford or the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore, to start physiotherapy.
Mrs Pain said: ""It turns out he has anaemia, but they gave him two units of blood yesterday and that perked him right up. He completely changed colour."
Philip is a talented linguist and scored 38 points in the International Baccalaureate at DGS, placing him in the top eight per cent globally.