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Dartford man pleads for help to come home after balcony fall in Turkey
A 25-YEAR-OLD Dartford man who broke his back after falling from a balcony in Turkey is pleading for people to help him come home.
Last week News Shopper reported how Charlie Smith, of Lowerfield Street, flew out to Marmaris on September 27 for an 11-day holiday with his mum Heather Parry and seven-year-old brother Kane Parry.
But on October 5 disaster struck when the father-of-one fell from their third floor balcony at the Green Nature Resort and Spa - breaking his back in three places.
His family are desperately trying to raise £12,000 to pay for medical bills and to fly him home on a stretcher.
Speaking from his hospital bed in Turkey, Charlie told News Shopper: "I'm in a lot of pain today.
"I was moving around in bed because I didn't feel any pain but I was an idiot and I just hope I haven't damaged it even more.
"I'm laying completely flat, I can't move at all unless staff do it for me because they know how to do it properly."
He added: "I've been alright, I've had a couple of days where I have been feeling down but I have got a lot of support.
"Lots of things are being done for me and fundraising events - it's amazing.
"My friends are organising a drum and bass night because it's my favourite music, it means a lot to me.
"It's what's keeping me going."
Charlie has undergone an operation to remove bone fragment from his spinal cord but needs a second operation with specialist equipment, which is only available in the UK.
Charlie said: "They said I had a maximum of three weeks to get the operation otherwise I won't walk again and I have already been here two weeks.
"I'm being positive but I'm really worried."
Choking back tears, he added: "I really can't wait to see my child.
"I just pray to God I can walk again so we can do things together.
"My mum has been amazing, she has been my rock through all of this.
"I'm lucky I'm still here."
Charlie says the hospital staff have been nice and the food is good.
He said: "If anyone can help please donate. I need help to get back home, I want to get to see my son and I want to walk again."
Miss Parry, of Havelock Road, Gravesend, has raised £7,000 by selling Charlie's car, pawning jewellery and borrowing money from friends.
It is enough to fly him home next week but she will have to remain in the country for a few days to pay for the medical bills.
She told News Shopper: "He's got to have this operation within a week otherwise he won't walk again.
"There's a special machine at Kings College Hospital like a hoover, to take the bone out of his spinal column.
"The haven't got the machine to do it in Turkey.
"He's really upset at the moment. It's finally hitting him what's happened, it's an absolute nightmare."
She added: "My main concern is that they are taking him to Darent Valley Hospital.
"It's imperative he gets this operation done.
"Kings said they won't take him - he has to go to his local hospital and get transferred. It's wasting time."
A King's College Hospital spokeswoman said: "We are discussing with Darent Valley Hospital about the best way to manage Charlie's care when he returns to the UK."
A Darent Valley Hospital spokeswoman added negotiations were ongoing with Kings to let him go there directly.
A Facebook group called Charlie Smith Recovery Fund has raised around £700 to bring him home.
Family friends are holding a fundraising football match at Goals, in Green Street Green Road, Dartford, on Friday (October 26) from 8.30pm.
While Charlie's friends are hosting a Save to Rave event at Source of Sound in Tonbridge on November 16 from 9pm to 6am.
Entry costs £10 and the DJs and MCs will perform for free.
Cash raised from both events will be donated to the Charlie Smith Recovery Fund.
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