Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Holiday Home Agony for Trapped Grandad; PENSIONER BROKE HIS BACK WHEN BED GAVE WAY IN CARAVAN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Holiday Home Agony for Trapped Grandad; PENSIONER BROKE HIS BACK WHEN BED GAVE WAY IN CARAVAN

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Byline: By DAVID OLD

CROCKED John Tate has told how a holiday home bed left him with a broken back.

Known as Jimmy, the grandad was relaxing in his rented caravan when the bed suddenly gave way beneath him, trapping him in agony.

The 65-year-old, who is recovering from a series of strokes, spent two weeks in hospital after suffering a fracture.

His wife, Betty, also 65, managed to free him from the wreckage of the frame in the three-bedroom caravan.

Jimmy, who has suffered three strokes, sat up all night in excruciating pain and only agreed to go to hospital 11 hours later.

Doctors discovered he had a compression fracture of his lower back and immediately ordered a brace to support his spine.

The former Territorial Army chef was finally allowed to return to his home in Broomhill Road, Prudhoe, Northumberland, by hospital staff on Wednesday and now faces a lengthy road to recove ry.

Today his family described how the much-needed break in the Blackpool holiday park turned into a holiday from hell.

Betty said: "I've recently had a big operation and Jimmy has had three strokes in the past four years. He has also been diagnosed as suffering from epilepsy, so we thought we'd all go away as a family.

"But it all went wrong - it turned into the holiday from hell."

Trouble started for the Tates within hours of arriving at the Cala Gran Haven resort.

First they were kept up all night by a raucous party by people living at the site.

The couple's son, Walter, 42, from Ayr, Scotland, said: "We were right across from the party and were kept up until 6am. I complained but it just made them worse.

"People were banging on the caravan and shaking it. It was absolute torment.

My three-year-old daughter, Tia, was terrified."

The holiday firm apologised for the incident and gave the family a full refund. They also moved them to another caravan, but Walter immediately noticed a problem with his father's bed. …

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