British Tourist Says She Severed An Artery On Water Slide In Bulgaria
A British tourist claims her visit to Aqua Paradise Water Park in Bulgaria turned into a nightmare after she severed an artery while riding one of its slides.
Jade Graves, from Hull, said she felt an intense pain in her pelvic area as she hit the water at the bottom and noticed blood streaming down her legs and filling the pool.
The 29-year-old said she suffered severe blood loss and spent the next four days in Life Hospital in Burgas, where she received a blood transfusion and had surgery to repair the artery - which was covered by her travel insurance.
She sustained the injuries last July while riding the Space Jam slide at the water park in Nessebar, but said she is still struggling with 'significant psychological trauma' as a result of the incident.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ms Graves said: "I still can't believe what happened to me on that slide. I was meant to be having a lovely holiday with my family but the whole experience has been traumatising.
"As I hit the water, I was in a lot of pain and I lost so much blood that I had to get a transfusion. It was a complete nightmare and I still get deeply upset about it.
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"I am still uncertain as to what happened exactly, because I followed all the rules put to me by the lifeguard.
"I wish I had never set foot in that water park."
Ms Graves said she was forced off work for five weeks while she recovered from her injuries and she has hired law firm, Irwin Mitchell, to investigate the incident.
Cheryl Palmer-Hughes and Tejire Akaunu, the international serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell representing Ms Graves, said in a statement: "This is a deeply concerning case where a young woman has sustained horrific injuries during what was meant to be a fun and relaxing time.
"Unfortunately we see a lot of these cases at this particular time of year, and Jade's life has been completely turned upside down with her suffering mentally as well as physically.
"We have now begun our investigation into the accident and are determined to get Jade the answers she needs to help her move forward with her life."
LADbible has contacted the Aqua Paradise Water Park for comment.
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