Support from home has kept me alive: Jordan Darney
A MARCOOLA man who fell three storeys from a window sill in a European hostel says community support has prevented him from hitting rock bottom.
Jordan Darney is recovering in a Prague hospital bed after an unexpected operation this week to remove his ruptured spleen.
Since Jordan's father Craig told his story in the Daily on Saturday, the community has pledged $30,000 to help cover medical costs.
One of those is Clive Palmer who pledged $1000 for the cause.
"The support is overwhelming and I haven't reached rock bottom yet due to all the love and support from people all over Australia but especially the Sunshine Coast," Jordan told the Daily yesterday.
"It has made me cry to see how many friends, family and complete strangers really care about me and my wellbeing.''
Jordan, 21, has his mum by his side as he recovers from a broken pelvis, two broken elbows, facial lacerations and bruising.
"The pain was incredible," he said. "I could hardly breathe and almost thought the whole fight was over. I could not explain to the nurses my issues due to them not understanding English."
The Darney family had to find tens of thousands of dollars to cover medical expenses after Southern Cross Travel Insurance voided Jordan's policy because he had alcohol in his system.
The cost of repatriation has been put at $60,000.
The family, with the support of the Daily, launched an appeal to help.
"That night I danced the night away and spent most of it with three Aussie girls, one who was feeling ill after drinking too much," Jordan said. "I told her I wouldn't leave her side.
"By the third bar it was too much, so we went home.
"We all went for a smoke together under the stars. Four windows led to the balcony, but only three connect to the balcony.
"I went out the fourth window which did not connect and I fell."