Injured holidaymaker returns from Israel

PUBLISHED: 06:09 25 September 2012

David McLaughlin - accompanied by mother Liz Osset - pictured in his Israeli hospital bed.

David McLaughlin - accompanied by mother Liz Osset - pictured in his Israeli hospital bed.


A WESTON man who fell 15ft from a hotel balcony has returned to the UK.

David McLaughlin, aged 20, faced being stranded in Israel after he fractured his spine and his insurers would not pay out for his operation.

He was stuck in hospital for more than a week after falling from his Egyptian hotel on September 11.

He was unable to claim on his travel insurance for the surgery – which could prevent long-term paralysis – because of a dispute with AXA over the amount of alcohol he drank on the night of his fall.

The accident happened on the first night of his week-long break with 19-year-old friend Laura King. Mr McLaughlin said they shared a bottle of wine but he was not drunk at the time of the accident.

He was by himself at the time of the fall and was found several hours after the accident.

Despite spinal injuries he was put into a wheelchair and transported by van across the border to the nearest hospital in Israel.

His mother Liz Osset flew out to be with him on and told the Mercury from his hospital bedside in Be’er Sherva last week that the family could not afford the mounting bills.

If Mr McLaughlin had had the surgery in Israel, the hospital would have keep his passport until he paid off £30,000 in medical bills.

Ms Osset, who lives with her son in Baker Street, said she constantly called AXA to try to sort out the situation but everyone ‘fobbed her off’.

In AXA’s insurance policy it states that the company will not pay out on claims ‘arising directly or indirectly to alcohol abuse’.

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