On the way back to shore, the captain of the boat introduced a new activity to the group, parasailing.
6 of us thought we'd give it a go, the first two pairs went up, enjoyed the views and landed without a hitch.
However, on the third trip, our friends Ahmed "Dodi" and Cass encountered the most tremendous freak accident when the parachute fell into the water before even taking off, causing the pair to be pulled off the back of the boat.
There was a huge bang as harnesses, ropes and metal parts of the boat broke off and colided with our friends causing catastrophic injuries to both.
It was so frightening to see Dodi unconscious in the sea and Cass covered in blood, but despite the shock, we proved to be a great team of friends and threw ourselves into the situation.
Three of the team jumped into the ocean to help keep Dodi and Cass afloat, keep their bodies stable and remove the parachute which was still attached to them. Whilst the rest of us, searched the boat for floating aids, set up ladders, called for safety and prepared to get them back into the boat.
After the horrid ordeal of trying to get them both out of the water we raced back to shore to get much needed medical attention.
Our dear friend Cass had suffered with a fractured nose and her teeth had been knocked out and had pierced through her cheek. She went on to stay for 4 days in the Paphos general hospital.
Dodi was instantly knocked unconcious and too was taken to Paphos General however after a CT scan it was revealed that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage alongwith a fractured jaw, ribs, and broken fingers.
He was instantly transferred to a specialist Neurosurgeon in Nikosia (over 1.5hours away) to have brain surgery.
Dodi has been in an induced coma since the accident. He remains in a critical condition in the ICU and at present they are unable to wake him due to various complications he has encountered relating to his breathing and having fluid on the lungs. Various family members are now out in Cyprus with Dodi and this is the reason for the go fund me page.
Please can you donate to help Dodi's family with the cost of travelling to and from Cyprus? They will need accommodation for the foreseeable future and will need to hire cars and taxi's ect. This will also go towards the family's loss of earning whilst they are indefinitely staying in Cyprus.
Any assistance in making their lives a little easier at this hard time would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so so much.
Please find links to various media coverag below:
- Deborah Frimpong
- Melanie Hanson
- domonique evans
- Jen Igbokwe
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