My holiday from hell: Traveller flies his girlfriend to a five-star resort to propose but then dislocates his leg, endures an …

  • Simon Parsons went to a luxury resort on the Cape Verde islands with his family
  • The 26-year-old suffers from a condition called snapping hip syndrome
  • His thighbone gave way and he has since undergone surgery back in the UK

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A holidaymaker has told how his dream holiday turned into a nightmare that left him in extreme pain and partially paralysed.

Simon Parsons, 26, from Ilfracombe, Devon, took girlfriend Jess Gear to a five-star resort on the Cape Verde islands off Africa where he proposed to her.

But things quickly took a turn for the worse after he dislocated his femur, ended up in a nightmare hospital and had to witness an emergency landing when his plane home was hit by an engine failure.

Simon Parsons, 26, from Ilfracombe, Devon, went to a luxury resort on the Cape Verde islands with his family where things suddenly took a turn for the worse (pictured above, at a clinic in Cape Verde)

Simon Parsons, 26, from Ilfracombe, Devon, went to a luxury resort on the Cape Verde islands with his family where things suddenly took a turn for the worse (pictured above, at a clinic in Cape Verde)

Simon, who suffers from a condition called snapping hip syndrome, said his thighbone gave way when he was watching turtles being released into the wild.

Recalling the incident he said: ‘My femur just fell out of its socket.

‘I fell to the ground in extreme pain. I couldn’t really breathe and was falling in and out of consciousness.

‘My family and some locals helped get me onto the back of a pick up truck and the locals took me, my dad and my girlfriend to a local clinic.

‘My daughter was in tears, crying for me to come back – it was so traumatic.’

Simon, who was travelling with daughter, Amber, six, his parents and sisters, said at the island clinic he was left in a corridor for hours with no water, food, or pain relief.

Simon pictured with his now fiance Jess Gear and six-year-old daughter, Amber

Simon pictured with his now fiance Jess Gear and six-year-old daughter, Amber

A private jet was arranged through Simon's travel insurance to evacuate him back to the UK

A private jet was arranged through Simon’s travel insurance to evacuate him back to the UK

He claims staff paid him no attention and would not provide him with any food or water.

He said: ‘I had been moved inappropriately several times and I could actually see my leg bone pointing in the wrong direction.

‘It took another four or five hours for a man to arrive and do a CT scan which showed them that I had dislocated it.

‘They then moved me in my bed into a staff locker room – people kept coming in and out to hang up their coats – and I still hadn’t had any pain relief.’

Eventually Simon was given liquid tramadol for the pain.

A private jet was arranged through his travel insurance to evacuate him back to the UK.

Simon with his girlfriend and daughter before the string of disasters took place

Simon with his girlfriend and daughter before the string of disasters took place

Simon, who suffers from a condition called snapping hip syndrome, said his thighbone gave way when he was watching turtles being released into the wild

Simon, who suffers from a condition called snapping hip syndrome, said his thighbone gave way when he was watching turtles being released into the wild

Simon said that at the island clinic he was left in a corridor for hours with no water, food, or pain relief

Simon said that at the island clinic he was left in a corridor for hours with no water, food, or pain relief

Shortly after two German doctors arrived on the island to repatriate Simon and get him to an British hospital.

He said: ‘These guys were amazing, they got me out of the clinic and made sure I was fed and watered, which was a relief.

‘However, I wouldn’t fit in the only ambulance they had on the island – I had to bend my neck as much as I could just to get in.’

And then, two hours into the flight, a major problem occurred.

Simon said: ‘One of the engines failed and we started going down.

‘Everyone was very calm and luckily we were close to Gran Canaria so we made an emergency landing there.

‘Once we got down I was told there had actually been a fire in one of the plane’s engines.

Simon being wheeled onto the private plane in Cape Verde. Two hours into the flight one of the engines caught fire

Simon being wheeled onto the private plane in Cape Verde. Two hours into the flight one of the engines caught fire

Simon was transferred to a hospital on Gran Canaria which scanned his leg and determined he needed a new hip, something which he would need to return to the UK for Once the private plane was repaired he was flown back to Newquay airport in Cornwall

Simon was transferred to a hospital on Gran Canaria, which scanned his leg and determined he needed a new hip

WHAT IS SNAPPING HIP SYNDROME?

Snapping hip syndrome, sometimes called dancer’s hip, is a condition in which you hear a snapping sound or feel a snapping sensation in your hip when you walk, run, get up from a chair, or swing your leg around.

For most people, the condition is little more than an annoyance and the only symptom is the snapping sound or sensation itself.

But for dancers or athletes, snapping hip syndrome symptoms may also include pain and weakness that interfere with performance.

SOURCE: WebMD [2]

‘We had to stay in the plane for another six hours until someone came to get us off.’

Simon was transferred to a hospital on Gran Canaria, which scanned his leg and determined he needed a new hip, something which he would need to return to the UK for.

Once the private plane was repaired he was flown back to Newquay airport in Cornwall.

From there he was taken straight to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

He was quarantined for six hours because he had been in Africa to make sure he hadn’t contracted anything out there.

And on Monday he had surgery to relocate his femur, which had been dislocated for four days by that point.

The experience has left Simon in chronic pain and paralysed from a portion of his lower back down to his right knee.

He said: ‘It is completely numb, I can’t lift my leg up at all.

‘It was left dislocated for so long that there is nerve damage and they don’t know how long that is going to last.

‘They have also said that my femur is at high risk of dislocating again, which is scary because I never want to go through that again – it was so painful.

‘The whole situation was just crazy and pretty traumatic for everyone involved.’

Simon has undergone surgery in a Cornwall hospital to relocate his femur, which was dislocated for four days but remains paralysed from his lower back to his right knee.

The groom-to-be is now waiting to hear what the long-term damage might be.

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ WebMD (www.webmd.com)
  3. ^ Buying a gift for a special someone?

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