Miracle model amazes doctors by walking just SEVEN months after the hotel plunge that should have killed herChantelle Serginson, 25, was not expected to live after her horrific six-storey fallShe recovered and doctors told her it would take 18 months to walk againNow she has amazed them by getting back on her feet in just seven months
02:20 GMT, 31 December 2012
A woman who plunged 80ft from a hotel balcony while on holiday has stunned doctors by walking just seven months after the life-threatening accident.
Chantelle Serginson suffered a catalogue of horrific injuries, including two brain haemorrhages, a collapsed lung and multiple fractures to both legs when she fell from the sixth floor of a hotel in Majorca as she tried to retrieve a fallen necklace.
Doctors warned the 25-year-old's mother Kimberley to expect the worst as they took her into surgery but Miss Serginson, of Middlesborough, refused to die and woke up four days later.
Miracle: Chantelle Serginson, from Middlesbrough, who has said it is a miracle she can walk again after falling 80ft from a hotel balcony. Pictured with mother Kimberley (right) and sister Jessica (left)
The part-time model is underwent a gruelling regime of operations and painful physiotherapy and medical experts told her it would take a year and a half before she would be able to walk again.
But Miss Serginson has progressed from a wheelchair to a walking frame to crutches in just seven months.
She told the Daily Mirror: 'The first time my foot touched the floor I was sobbing, I can now walk to the shops but sometimes I need a piggyback home.
'I should be paralysed or brain-damaged but I have been miraculous.'
Accident: Miss Serginson fell over the balcony as she reached for a necklace that had caught on a piece of metal. (Right) The fun-loving 25-year-old is a self-confessed exhibitionist
Miss Serginson described how her necklace had slipped off from around her neck when she was looking out over the balcony. It got caught on a piece of metal jutting out on the balcony and as she reached for it, she lost her balance and went over the rail.
She grabbed onto the railing and tried to get back to safety.
However, after dangling for about 30 seconds she began to lose her strength and decided her only way out would be to try and swing onto the balcony below, but she mis-timed her jump and plunged.
Miss Serginson blacked out during the fall but remembers waking up on the ground with people around her and her mother looking down and saying 'You're OK love'.
Still having fun: Chantelle pokes her tongue out as she recovers in hospital
Wound: This picture was taken in hospital shortly after surgery. Her injuries included fractures, two brain haemorrhages and a broken jaw
Fractures: This picture shows both her legs in plaster. She was unconscious for four days after surgery
A self-proclaimed exhibitionist, she had been larking around the pool before the incident but had returned to her room with a friend to get ready for a dance audition at a nightclub.
She had been at the club the night before and was invited back to show off her moves but tragedy struck and she was rushed to hospital.
Miss Serginson admitted she had argued with her mother earlier in the day about where to have lunch but said they had settled their differences long before the fall.
Love: Chantelle recovering at home with mother Kimberley (right). Her mother rushed to her side after the plunge. (Right) Before the accident that came so close to killing her
The accident is the latest tragedy to hit the family. Six years ago, Kimberley had her throat slashed in front of her daughter at the family home by a neighbour following a dispute.
Her attacker Mark Smorthwaite, then 34, was jailed indefinitely and was told he could not apply for parole for four years by Newcastle Crown Court.
In 1999 Mrs Serginson's seven-year-old daughter Katie died from a brain tumour. Miss Serginson said she believed her sister was watching over and helped save her life.
The Hotel Marina Barracuda. Chantelle fell from the sixth floor after she was unable to swing onto the balcony below