A young boy who suffered life-changing brain injuries on holiday when a speaker dropped 50ft onto his head is in line for a bumper payout from Thomson.
Stanley Birch had just woken up on his deckchair at the Yasmin Resort in Turgutreis, Turkey, when the music equipment blew off a balcony and crashed onto his head.
His parents, Mitchell, 35, and Amy, 32, feared the three-year-old was dead as he lay motionless and covered in blood by the poolside of the five-star hotel.
Stanley Birch (left and right) had just woken up on his deckchair at the Yasmin Resort in Turgutreis, Turkey, when the music equipment blew off a balcony and crashed onto his head
But a doctor staying at the hotel picked him up and Stanley was taken to nearby Bodrum Hospital where medics operated on him for three hours.
Surgeons discovered he had suffered an epidural haematoma and had to drain off excess blood on his brain in June 2014.
Despite having 20 staples following the operation and a further ten stitches to his face that was cut by the speaker, Stanley flew home two weeks later.
Pictured: The speaker that caused the horrendous injuries is circled in red on the balcony
But scar tissue on the right side of Stanley’s brain has left him with severe brain damage affecting his future development.
Stanley, now six, is now in line for a payout that could stretch into hundreds of thousands from holiday giant TUI, which run First Choice and Thomson.
Amy, a beautician who lives with Mitchell, Stanley and daughter Rosie, eight, in Gillingham, Kent, said: ‘It was horrible.
His parents, Mitchell, 35, and Amy, 32, feared the three-year-old was dead as he lay motionless and covered in blood by the poolside of the five-star hotel. He is pictured shortly after the incident, left, and several years later, right
‘Stanley had just woken up, and we were by the pool a few metres from him. Then I heard this bang and everyone was screaming.
‘I turned round and saw him lying still. He was off the sun lounger, which was completely smashed. I thought he was dead.
‘A man nearby said he was a doctor and picked him up, I could see blood was pouring across his face.
‘He wasn’t crying, I knew something was wrong because I knew he should be crying.
‘The ambulance came and he was in and out of consciousness when they got him to the hospital.
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