HOLIDAY HORROR: Boy left with brain injuries after shocking pool incident in Turkey

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Stanley Birch suffered life-changing brain damage after the speaker fell on his head in Turkey

Stanley Birch had just woken up from a nap when the speaker toppled off a balcony and landed on his head at the luxury Yasmin Resort in Bodrum

At first his parents feared he was dead as he lay motionless beneath the sound system covered in blood.

An off-duty doctor staying at the resort picked Stanley up and the boy was taken to Bodrum Hospital where he underwent a three-hour operation to drain excess blood from his brain.

He was left with 20 staples in his skull and scar tissue on the right side of his brain, but the full impact of the injury will not be known until Stanley is older. 

Three years on and Stanley, now six, could be in line for a huge payout from holiday giant TUI, which runs First Choice and Thomson. 

Speaking about the accident in June 2014, Stanley’s mother Amy, 32, said: “It was horrible.

“Stanley had just woken up, and we were by the pool a few metres from him. Then I heard this bang and everyone was screaming.

“I turned round and saw him lying still. He was off the sun lounger, which was completely smashed. I thought he was dead.

“A man nearby said he was a doctor and picked him up, I could see blood was pouring across his face.

“He wasn’t crying, I knew something was wrong because I knew he should be crying.”

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Injured Stanley in hospital

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The toddler needed 20 staples in his head after the surgery

Stanley slipped in and out of consciousness on the way to the hospital, Amy said, and his head began to swell up. 

An MRI scan revealed epidural haematoma and he was rushed into surgery. 

Mrs Birch, a beautician from Gillingham in Kent, said: “He was in there for three hours where they discovered he had suffered a tear to his main artery. 

“Eventually he came out and the doctor was amazing, apparently he was very close to having to go into a coma.

“We then had to wait two weeks before it was safe to fly home, because the air pockets in his head could open up.”  

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The speaker fell from the top of the balcony onto Stanley

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The sun lounger which Stanley was lying on was crushed

I turned round and saw him lying still. He was off the sun lounger, which was completely smashed. I thought he was dead

Stanley Birch’s mother Amy

Stanley, who lives with mum Amy, dad Mitchell and eight-year-old sister Rosie, still has to go for check-ups every month and his brain development is closely monitored.

Mr Birch, 35, a contract supervisor, added: “It’s so tough, seeing what effect this has had on him.

“He is happy and doing well, and we are lucky he is alive. But no-one knows for sure if he will develop 100 per cent as he should have.

“It is very stressful thinking how what happened on that day could still change his life now.

“We can’t get that day out of our heads, we really thought he was dead.”

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Stanley still needs to be regularly monitored in hospital

Thomson accepted liability last year, but it is unlikely he will receive any compensation until he is at least 18.

Mark Gore, from the solicitors representing Stanley, said: “Although Thomson have accepted liability, we cannot truly estimate the costs probably until he is 18.

“We must wait for key moments in his life, such as his GCSEs, to determine what effect this has had on him.

“It’s very difficult because it happened when he was two, so it’s hard to say how he would have turned out.

“We do know that he has been left with scar tissue on the right side of his brain that has left him with severe behaviour problems.

“I really cannot say how much he is entitled to, it could be thousands or it could be hundreds of thousands, depending on what costs are worked out.”

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Stanley today with the scars from the accident

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the family on Amy and Mitchell’s wedding day

A spokeswoman for Thomson and First Choice said: “We can confirm that an incident took place at the Yasmin Resort in Bodrum on 12th June 2014 and as a result a child was taken to hospital.

“Our resort team offered every possible support and assistance at the time of and in the aftermath of the incident, conducting a full investigation to understand what happened.

“Our Welfare Team based in the UK were also in direct contact with the customers and continued to offer the necessary support.

“As this case is now subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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