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A British teacher lost the use of her legs and hands after falling 20 feet when a balcony collapsed during a graduation party in Thailand.

Jill Dodds, 47, is originally from Morpeth but she moved to Thailand six years ago and tried to take a photo on the balcony at the December 18 party.

She leaned on a fence that gave way, causing her to fall to the ground, sustaining serious spinal injuries.

Her family is now asking for help getting her home and they still don’t know what the long-term implications of her injury are, with doctors saying she won’t be walking for at least two years.

Another person involved in the incident suffered a broken collarbone.

Family

Her family is desperately trying to raise as much money as possible for Jill to return to the Northeast as soon as she is fit enough to travel.

Sister Katie Breeze, 39, said she felt ‘numb’ after hearing the news, and that the situation was made more difficult because Jill was so far away.

She said: ‘I felt really numb at first, it was just amazing. We just feel powerless right now. We’ve been talking to Jill as much as we can, but it’s hard to be that far away.

Katie said: ‘It was an end-of-term party all day, and around 2 p.m. they were taking photos.

Jill’s friends and co-workers have rallied around the popular teacher, visiting her at the hospital and even caring for her two dogs, as well as keeping loved ones at home informed.

Katie said: “We are in contact with her friends there and the people she works with who have been great. They are trying to explain everything to us as we do not know what kind of care she is receiving we want to bring her home as soon as she can travel .

One of Jill's vertebrae was crushed while another was fractured leaving her with no movement in her legs and no use of her hands and fingers

“After his operation, we were told that he would have to be in the hospital for at least two weeks and that it would be six weeks before he was fit to travel.”

Jill’s friends even brought her a Christmas dinner to help boost her morale.

Katie said: “She is quite depressed, she is lucky to have many people around her who do what they can to help her.”

“When she has no friends, she is alone for hours without being able to do anything on her own, which really depresses her. A couple of her friends also brought her a Christmas dinner that was lovely.”

Katie added: “She was putting things in her place to go home, but due to Covid, she kept being postponed. We were hoping she would be home by Easter.”

A family friend, Leigh Hawkes, created a Go Fund Me page on behalf of Jill’s sisters, Katie and Nicola, with the money raised going toward hospital bills and taking Jill home.

Katie said the family is “overwhelmed” by the support they have received so far with more than £ 10,000 already raised in just a few days.

She said: “The fundraising page really took off from Facebook because people were sharing it, we are just overwhelmed with the response we’ve had.

“It has been really surprising how many people have helped us, even people we do not know and all the messages we have received. Everything helps.

“They are all girls in our family. Our mother had three girls, me, Jill, and our other sister Nicola, who has two girls, and I also have two girls, so Jill has four nieces. We are all very close.

“We are just taking each day as it comes.”

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Quicks and Facts

  • Jill Dodds, who moved to Thailand in 2015, was at an end-of-term party
  • The teacher tried to take a photo but leaned on a fence which gave way 
  • She remains in hospital and long-term implications of her injuries are unknown 
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