A 27-year-old newlywed was faced with a bill for £16,000 to have a private air ambulance transport her back to the UK after she plunged 30ft from a hotel balcony.
Carrie-Anne Dudbridge and her new husband Michael were on their honeymoon in Corfu when the horrendous accident, which left bride Carrie-Anne with a fractured spine in three places, took place.
The couple hadn’t taken out a travel insurance policy as they were under the impression that their European Health Insurance cards (EHIC) were adequate cover for their honeymoon trip to the Greek island.
Although the EHIC does cover holders for medical costs incurred, it doesn’t go as far as to cover the cost of air ambulance transport back to the UK should you have the misfortune to become seriously ill while abroad, or suffer a severe accident such as in the case of Carrie-Anne.
Desperate to get his new wife back to the UK, Michael Dudbridge called on the generosity of the couple’s family and friends who were able to club together to raise the £16,000 needed to pay for the private air ambulance in order for Carrie-Anne to be repatriated to Britain.
Luckily the couple were able to raise the money needed, and the newlywed was flown home by private air ambulance and is now said to be recovering in a London hospital.