A backpacker who broke her neck diving into a swimming pool in Thailand is back in the UK

A backpacker who broke her neck diving into a swimming pool in Thailand is back in the UK, thanks to people donating more than £67,000.

The money has gone towards Sophie Wilson’s hospital bills and a medical flight from Thailand.

Insurance company Insure and Go refused to pay out as they said she had acted in a way which put herself at risk.

Medics do not know whether the 24-year-old, from Shepshed, Leicestershire, will be able to walk again.

‘Making good progress’

Miss Wilson landed at Heathrow on Wednesday and was then taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Her sister Georgina Wilson said: “She’s feeling so much more positive and happy about being back in the UK and there are no issues with the language barrier.

“She’s still making good progress every day, so she’s getting more and more strength in her arms and hands but there’s still no movement from the chest down at the moment.”

Sophie Wilson in ThailandImage copyrightSOPHIE WILSON
Image captionSophie Wilson was only a week into her solo trip around the world

Sophie Wilson is expected to be in Nottingham for four or five weeks before being moved to a hospital in Sheffield, where she will spend at least six months.

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