Woman given 'devastating diagnosis' after swimming during European summer holiday
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Jordan, 20, jumped into the water at the tourist hotspot of Dubrovnik last month when she suffered a horrific injury.
Bystanders rushed to pull the young woman from the water before she was admitted to a local hospital.
Doctors gave the holiday maker a 'devastating diagnosis', revealing she had fractured her L1 in her spine, a vertebrae located towards the middle of her back, with the bone fragments dangerously compressing her spinal cord.
Jordan was then transferred from Dubrovnik to Split to another hospital, where she received emergency surgery while Tiana was left behind.
Jordan's mother could not travel to Croatia to see her daughter due to financial constraints and passport issues, while Tiana’s mum jumped onto a plane to be by Jordan’s side.
A GoFundMe has been launched by Tiana’s sister, Kayla, who revealed that the two best friends had been planning and saving for the trip for over a year.
“This GoFundMe campaign is a plea for compassion, empathy, and solidarity. Together, we can rally around Jordan, Tiana, and their families, providing them with the support they need during this unimaginable ordeal. Your donation will help alleviate the financial burden, ensuring that Jordan receives the best possible care,” Kayla writes.
She added that if Jordan recovers before her mother flies over, money raised will help with her rehabilitation, modifications to her home to accommodate her recovery and support her during her time off work.
However, if Jordan remains in hospital, funds will go towards her growing medical expenses as well as rehabilitation costs.
While Jordan doesn’t seem to be leaving the hospital anytime soon, Kayla said surgery has been ‘successful’, which saw the 20-year-old recently take her very first steps.
“Together, let's send our love, healing energy, and financial support to Jordan and her friend Tiana as they navigate these uncharted waters together. Your generosity will help them heal and bring them home to their families, where they can embrace the love and care they so rightfully deserve,” she continued.
“Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey and for showing Jordan and her loved ones that they are not alone.”
At the time of writing, the page has raised almost $50,000 (£25,696).