Dina Amos-Larkin is stranded in Barcelona and has been told she will "never walk again"
A 21-year-old British gymnast has been left paralyzed after falling from a fourth-floor balcony at a Spanish hotel in early April.
Dina Amos-Larkin, a law student and head cheerleader at Surrey University, was talking to her mother on the phone when she fell over 50 ft. After being in a medically induced coma for two weeks, Amos-Larkin was woken up last week to the news that she was paralyzed from the neck down and will never walk again.
“I’m willing them to be wrong,” she told the Mirror. “I know my life will never be the same but I am determined to one day stand up on my own and support my own weight.”
Although Spanish authorities initially classified the fall as a suicide attempt, Amos-Larkin said that “isn’t the case.”
“I came back just before midnight and called my mum. I was a bit fed up: I’d fallen out with some friends, my room was tiny and I wasn’t very pleased with the fancy dress costumes I’d taken,” she explained. “The balcony rail was lower than my waist and I think I just leaned back on it too far. I don’t remember anything after that.”
Meanwhile, Amos-Larkin is stranded in Barcelona because her insurance is refusing to cover medical and transportation costs after it was revealed that the gymnast had been drinking prior to the accident.
“I spent the day doing sport and went drinking in the evening, but wasn’t drunk,” she said.
A group of Amos-Larkin’s friends launched a GoFundMe page to help cover all of the necessary costs, and as of Monday afternoon, almost all of the £20,000 requested had been donated.
“We’re thankful she’s alive,” said Amos-Larkin’s father Stephen. “Now we just want her home.”