Couple left with serious injuries after balcony collapses on dream holiday in Punta Cana
A dream holiday turned into a trip from hell when a couple fell 40ft from their hotel balcony.
The third-floor balcony of Barcelo Punta Cana in Dominican Republic, collapsed as the pair sat on it during their break in September.
Greta Jarasiute, 26, and boyfriend Jerome Anyanwu, 22, suffered serious injuries and are still unable to work after their summer mishap.
The 26-year-old suffered multiple spinal fractures and a fractured arm and needed surgery.
Jerome fractured his left hand and suffered tissue damage to his neck.
The pair are now suing holiday operator The Holiday Place over the incident at the five-star hotel, which has been renamed Occidental Caribe.
The couple were found by a security guard after falling from the balcony.
Lithuanian-born Greta was forced to extend her stay in the Dominican Republic while she received treatment.
Jerome was kept in hospital for eight days before being flown home a week later than planned.
He has since learnt he might now face further operations.
He said: ‘It was not even the hotel we booked in the first place.
‘The Holiday Place changed our hotel just three days before we were due to go without giving us a choice of alternatives.
‘We had already moved rooms because of a cockroach so we weren’t particularly happy about the hotel.
‘One minute we were just sitting on the balcony the next we had fallen three floors and were being taken to hospital.
‘I spent the rest of my time in the Dominican Republic in hospital.’
Demetrius Danas, personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: ‘Both Jerome and Greta have suffered serious injuries when they were simply trying to enjoy their holiday at the Barcelo Punta Cana.
‘We have been asked to investigate what happened and take appropriate legal action for them.
‘Our clients rightly have serious concerns about the safety of the railings which gave way suddenly.
‘The railings are in place to protect guests but on this occasion they were the cause of the problem.’
A spokesperson for The Holiday Place said: ‘As the matter is subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate for us to comment.’
Feb 5, 2017
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