I was left coughing up blood after horror water ride accident forced my ribs into my lungs on Thai holiday | The Sun

A BRITISH tourist was rushed to hospital with internal bleeding after a horrific accident on a water ride in Thailand.

Callum Ryan, 21, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was left coughing up blood following a "dodgy landing" at the Grand Canyon water park in the Thai resort of Chiang Mai.

After performing a backflip-gone-wrong, Callum's lungs ended up hitting his ribs, causing them to bleed.

At first, the digital creator said he didn't realise anything was wrong.

But following a three-and-a-half-hour coach journey after the incident, Callum was feeling so unwell that he had to go to the nearest hospital.

The next day, he was given an x-ray and told he'd dislocated his ribs and damaged both his lungs.


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He had travelled to Thailand with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Beth Colley.

Callum said: "There was a big bouncy cushion at the waterpark that you jump on to and I thought, 'Let's give it a go'.

"My girlfriend, Beth, went first – there was a five-metre drop to jump on the cushion – she did a backflip into the water from the cushion which propelled her into the air.

"I thought I'd do a backflip and I got the two biggest lads to jump on the cushion at the same time."

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Callum said the water park workers told him they had never seen anyway get as high as him.

"I landed in a dodgy way, flat on my back," he said. "As soon as I landed in the water, I knew I'd done something wrong."

He added: "I swam up underwater and the second I hit the air, I had a handful of blood.

"Straight away within two or three seconds, I coughed up a handful of blood and that went on for 30 minutes."

Callum was forced to travel on the coach alone back to Chiang Mai to go to hospital, which he said was fairly basic, with "pigeons walking around" the ward.

However, he said staff were "helpful" and did everything they could.

He was given an x-ray to check for internal damage and prescribed painkillers.

Straight away within two or three seconds, I coughed up a handful of blood and that went on for 30 minutes

Callum said he considered flying home to the UK early, but couldn't afford to change his flight.

"After we were in Pye we went to Chiang Mai to get to the airport, so I had to do the journey again," he said.

"We then flew to Hanoi in Vietnam and travelled the whole of Vietnam."

Callum's health costs were covered by health insurance totalling up to 2,855 Thai Baht (£65.66), and he has since made a full recovery.

He added that he doesn't think he would take the same risk he did at the waterpark again.

"But when I am in that environment I get silly," he said. "I am an adrenaline junkie for that type of stuff."

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The Sun Online has approached the Grand Canyon water park for comment.

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