Norfolk firefighter flies home for treatment after being paralysed on his stag do

James Thorpe was left paralysed after a freak accident on his stag do. On his hospital bed in Mallor

James Thorpe was left paralysed after a freak accident on his stag do. On his hospital bed in Mallorca. The couple have postponed the wedding. Pictures submitted - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk firefighter has been flown home after being left paralysed on his stag do in Mallorca following a freak accident.

James Thorpe was left paralysed after a freak accident on his stag do. James Thorpe and his fiancee

James Thorpe was left paralysed after a freak accident on his stag do. James Thorpe and his fiancee Michaela Watson. Pictures submitted - Credit: Archant

After arriving at Doncaster airport, James Thorpe was taken to the Princess Royal spinal injuries centre in Sheffield, for specialist treatment.

The 28-year-old King's Lynn-based firefighter broke his neck and seven vertebrae in his spine just hours after arriving at Magaluf on the Spanish holiday island last week.

He had been paddling in the sea when he lost his balance and fell on the seabed. He was rushed to the local hospital, where he underwent surgery on his spine.

Tim Edwards, who is West Norfolk's fire service district manager, said the brigade had offered its support to the family.


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'We will see what the specialist says first, but we are there to support the family, as we are for any employee,' he said.

'We hope and pray that it's good news. We will offer James support through the Firefighters Charity, which helps wounded firefighters and provides support to their families.'

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Mr Thorpe and his fiancée, Michaela Watson, 32, who are both from Boston, are due to get married on June 24 at Belvoir castle.

A JustGiving page set up by Mr Thorpe's fire-fighting friend, Simon Burch has raised more than £11,600 towards his recovery.

Mr Burch said: 'James and his family are overwhelmed by the support.'

•To support Mr Thorpe, click here

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