New hope for dad in hotel fall
A father of six critically injured in a fall from a hotel balcony in Tunisia opened his eye and raised his thumb when he heard his sister's voice yesterday.
Karl Nethercot, 33, formerly of Leicester, had been in an induced coma for a week after the incident in the resort of Port El Kantaoui.
His mother and father, John and dawn, of West End, Leicester, and sister Mandi Dann, of Newfoundpool flew out to be at his bedside yesterday.
Mandi's partner, Stewart Smith, 36, said: "They went straight to the hospital. When Mandi said his name, he opened his eye and put his right thumb up. She asked if he knew it was her and he started nodding.
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"We're ecstatic because it's the first positive sign. You can't put it into words what it feels like. Mandi said it was like all her Christmases had come at once – the signs are looking positive."
"We also know the police are no longer investigating and people are resting a bit easier knowing it was an accident."
Karl's parents have remortgaged their home to pay an expected £22,000 air ambulance bill to bring him home after Mr Nethercot's insurance company said his actions had invalidated his cover.