PHUKET – A British holidaymaker Romany Mitchel has cheated death after falling 30ft from a hotel balcony in Phuket Thailand.
Friends claim Romany Mitchell had her drinks spiked in a local bar before the accident, she had returned to her five-star hotel alone, disorientated and crying and fell from the second floor at 3am.
She escaped with a badly injured ankle and is now undergoing physiotherapy in a local hospital. A member of staff at the hotel said: ‘It was her first night at the hotel and she had been out with friends, but she came back in a taxi alone. She was upset and crying.
‘She was helped her to her room and about 30 or 40 minutes later there was a lot of noise outside, with lots of people gathered round her. ‘It looks like she had fallen from the balcony. Many people were trying to help her.
‘Her foot was injured and she had other injuries but she was very lucky, it could have been very much worse.’
The accident last Tuesday came as Romany took a gap year after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University.
She was rushed to a local hospital in Patong, but was later transferred to the larger Bangkok Phuket Hospital in Phuket.
Doctors there reportedly hailed her as ‘the miracle’ for surviving the plunge from her second-floor room.
A female travel companion was with her and it is understood she will be flown home later this week and transferred to hospital there.
Foreign Office officials yesterday renewed warnings to Brits travelling to Thailand after this latest in a series of balcony falls.