A British tourist has been hospitalized with internal bleeding after a horrific accident on a water trip in Thailand.
Callum Ryan, 21, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was left coughing up blood after a “dodgy landing” at the Grand Canyon water park in the Thai resort of Chiang Mai.
Eventually, after a backflip gone wrong, Callum’s lungs hit his ribs, causing them to bleed.
At first, the digital creator said he didn’t realize anything was wrong.
However, after a three and a half hour bus ride after the incident, Callum was so unwell that he had to go to the nearest hospital.
He was given an X-ray the next day and told he had dislocated his ribs and damaged both of his lungs.
He had traveled to Thailand with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Beth Colley.
Callum said: “At the water park there was a big bouncy cushion that you jump on and I was like, ‘Let’s try it.’
“My friend Beth went first – there was a five meter drop to jump onto the pillow – she did a backflip off the pillow into the water which sent her flying into the air.
“I thought I’d do a backflip and I got the two biggest guys to jump on the pillow at the same time.”
Callum said the water park staff told him they had never seen him be as tall as he was anyway.
“I ended up in a dodgy way, flat on my back,” he said. “As soon as I landed in the water, I knew I had done something wrong.”
He added: “I was swimming underwater and the second I got airborne I had a handful of blood.
“I immediately coughed up a handful of blood in two or three seconds, and it lasted 30 minutes.”
Callum was forced to take the bus back to Chiang Mai alone to go to the hospital, which he says was pretty easy given the “pigeons were running around” the ward.
However, he said the staff were “helpful” and had done everything they could.
He was given an X-ray to look for internal damage and prescribed pain medication.
Immediately within two or three seconds I coughed up a handful of blood and this went on for 30 minutes
Callum said he was considering flying home to the UK early but couldn’t afford to change his flight.
“After we were in Pye, we drove to Chiang Mai to get to the airport, so I had to do the trip again,” he said.
“We then flew to Hanoi in Vietnam and traveled all over Vietnam.”
Callum’s healthcare costs were covered by health insurance totaling up to 2,855 Thai baht (£65.66) and he has since made a full recovery.
He added that he didn’t think he’d take the same risk as he did at the water park again.
“But when I’m in that environment, I get silly,” he said. “I’m an adrenaline junkie for stuff like that.”
The Sun Online has reached out to the Grand Canyon Water Park for comment.
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