Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Jordan's Nightmare Trip; Left in the Lurch by Insurance Company

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Jordan's Nightmare Trip; Left in the Lurch by Insurance Company

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A MARCOOLA father is pleading for help to bring home his injured son, who lies bruised and broken in a European hospital bed after falling from a third-floor window.

Craig Darney and his wife, Sue, face a medical bill as high as $80,000 for son Jordan because his travel insurance company has refused to pay any costs resulting from the accident.

Jordan, 21, has his mum by his side in the Czech Republic capital, Prague, as he recovers from a broken pelvis, two broken elbows, facial lacerations and bruising.

The St John's Anglican College graduate cannot walk and only travel on a stretcher, so the cost of a medivac home would be in the vicinity of $60,000.

Every week he lies in hospital, the cost is $6000. He is expected to remain in hospital for up to another seven weeks.

Jordan was on the trip of a lifetime - a working holiday while based in London - when his dreams unravelled at a hostel in Prague.

He had returned back from a pub crawl and reached out of a window to have a cigarette, as smoking was not allowed inside, and fell to the ground.

Jordan slipped into unconsciousness and awoke in hospital with little memory from the incident.

He registered a blood alcohol reading of .114% and due to this, Southern Cross Travel Insurance informed him his consumption of alcohol had voided his policy.

"We consider the preceding events to the evening, specifically the pub crawl with associated consumption of alcohol, as confirmed by the positive ethanol finding, has been instrumental in your decision to step out of the window, without first checking that there was a suitable surface for you to step on to," Southern Cross Travel Insurance said in a letter.

Jordan's mum was on the first flight to Prague last weekend, leaving Craig at home to brainstorm how to help their injured son.

Craig has exhausted his options after contacting Southern Cross Travel Insurance and the Australian Embassy, and researching transport options to bring Jordan home. …

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