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A mum had to have a chunk of her head removed by doctors after she fell out of a third-floor window.
Andrea Golda, 52, fell seven metres from the window in the middle of a night while on holiday in the Czech Republic.
Medics thought the mum-of-one, from Austria, was going to die after she was put in a coma for a week with a traumatic brain injury and increasing fluid in the brain.
She also suffered a broken basin shovel, broken coccyx, a spine fracture, broken ribs and a broken hand.
Andrea said: "I was put into a coma and they thought I was going to die.
"Doctors had to open my whole body.
"My heart and stomach were fine but other organs like my kidney and liver were injured.
"I had four big operations where they had to cut into my skull to save my life because of the pressure in my brain and plastic bones were put in to protect it.
"A lot of muscles were destroyed and I couldn't move my arm for a whole year."
She explained that she had woken in the night and gone to the window to get some air after feeling faint but blacked out and woke up mid fall.
Andrea, who is a teacher, now needs therapy to help recover.
She added: "It was terrifying, and I don't know how long I was laying there until my friend came and found me.
"Me and my friend had been out for a nice dinner but when I'd gone to bed I had a strange feeling in my body that I can't explain.
"I woke up in the night feeling like I couldn't breathe, so I went to the window to get some air.
"I must have blacked out because the next thing I remember is waking up as I was falling, I didn't know what to do then I heard all of my bones breaking.
Andrea's 20-year-old daughter, Laura, was told to expect the worst.
More than a year on, Andrea is still suffering from her injuries, leading to her daughter Laura setting up a fundraising page to help pay for therapy.
Andrea said: "I can't go outside alone, I get double vision and at about ten or 11 o'clock I have to lay down because I'm in pain and I can't speak.
"The pain gets worse throughout the day and I have tinnitus for 24 hours a day.
"I feel that my nerves are destroyed, and my cervical spine is damaged.
"There has to be some kind of therapy out there that can help me.
"My body needs a lot of time to heal because it was such a horrible accident but I can't wait forever because I'm in pain all day long and I tremble through the whole night.
"I'm a calm person, I don't complain and I'm not a victim. I raised my daughter alone and she's all I have which is why I need to fight."
To donate to Andrea's GoFundMe, click here.
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