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Maesteg man faces £43k insurance wrangle after Turkey pier jump accident leaves him paralysed

The family of a Welsh holidaymaker paralysed in an accident while on holiday in Turkey are facing a £43,000 bill to bring him back home.

Michael Lonergan and his family face a £43,000 bill for hospital treatment and to bring him home after the accident in Turkey

Michael Lonergan, from Maesteg,  jumped from a small pier into the water at Didim Beach resort on the west coast of Turkey when he hit his head on sand.

The 29-year-old, who was on holiday with his girlfriend, Debbie, and their two children, broke his neck and initially lost the feeling in all his limbs.

Following surgery he now has feeling in his arm and right leg again, but doctors fear he may not get the use of his left leg back, while he cannot control any of his limbs.

Hospital treatment is around £23,000 and flying Mr Lonergan, of Maesteg, back to the UK another £20,000.

But his insurance company is refusing to pay for the treatment, stating his pier jump was not covered by his policy.

Insurance underwriter ETI Travel Protection would not discuss his case, but stated most policies had exclusions.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national and are providing consular assistance for the next of kin.”

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