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Young Boy Left With Brain Damage After Horror Accident On Holiday

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Young Boy Left With Brain Damage After Horror Accident On Holiday

A little boy was left with brain damage after a speaker fell on his head during a family holiday in June 2014.

Stanley Birch, who was three at the time, was on holiday with his family at luxury five-star Yasmin Resort in Turgutreis, Turkey when the horrific accident took place.

He had been napping on a sun lounger when a loud speaker blew off a 50ft high balcony onto his head.

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His parents Mitchell, 35, and Amy, 32, ran over and saw the toddler covered in blood. Speaking to the Sun, Amy explained what happened: "It was horrible. 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."

Stanley was rushed to hospital and underwent three hours of surgery. They discovered that there was a tear to his main artery. Now, the little LAD is six years old and has to go in for checks to the doctors every month.

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Mitchell said: "It's so tough, seeing what effect this has had on him.

"He is happy and doing well, and we are lucky he is alive. But no one knows for sure if he will develop 100 percent as he should have.

"It is very stressful thinking how what happened on that day could still change his life now."

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Thomson holidays accepted liability, so Stanley will receive compensation.

The family's solicitor, Mark Gore, said: "Although Thomson have accepted liability, we cannot truly estimate the costs probably until he is 18.

"We must wait for key moments in his life, such as his GCSEs, to determine what effect this has had on him. It's very difficult because it happened when he was two, so it's hard to say how he would have turned out.

"We do know that he has been left with scar tissue on the right side of his brain that has left him with severe behaviour problems.

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"I really cannot say how much he is entitled to, it could be thousands or it could be hundreds of thousands, depending on what costs are worked out."

A spokeswoman for Thomson and First Choice said: "We can confirm that an incident took place at the Yasmin Resort in Bodrum on 12th June 2014 and as a result a child was taken to hospital.

"Our resort team offered every possible support and assistance at the time of and in the aftermath of the incident, conducting a full investigation to understand what happened.

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"Our Welfare Team based in the UK were also in direct contact with the customers and continued to offer the necessary support.

"As this case is now subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment further."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Toddler, Holiday

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