A bloke had the definition of a holiday from hell when a minibus ploughed into him and left him with multiple fractures to his spine.
Dean Ellis, 39, booked a last minute Spanish retreat but has been bed bound in Hospiten Sur, a hospital in Tenerife, since the horrific accident on February 17.
He said all he remembers is waking up in the middle of the road "surrounded by blood and paramedics" after he was struck when crossing the road.
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He told the Manchester Evening News: "I had been down to the beach for something to eat and had a pint before walking back to my hotel to chill around the pool. I came to a zebra crossing, and an eight seater minibus came off the dual carriageway at a speed.
"All I remembered was seeing the headlights coming towards me getting brighter and hearing the engine noise. It happened in a split second. I then remember hitting my head and then waking up in the road surrounded by blood and paramedics."
Following the collision, Dean said the driver of the taxi accepted responsibility, and that he had been in his "blind spot" when crossing the road beside a busy roundabout.
He was immediately rushed to hospital and has remained there for 10 days, and is forced to now wear a back brace.
He was supposed to be returning on February 21 – but is still in agonising pain and desperate to get home.
"The most difficult thing that has upset me is being here on my own, without my family by my side," Dean added.
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The 39-year-old sustained three fractures to his spine, a head injury and internal bruising.
He said he booked the trip as a holiday after recently falling ill and to celebrate his birthday earlier this month, flying out on February 14.
"I've really had a bad 12 months to be honest and was really looking forward to the trip. It was my little break away and last minute, and it's turned into a nightmare," he said.
"I am covered in cuts and bruises from head to toe. There's a lot of internal bruising, a huge gash with five stitches on the back of my head and three fractures to my spine. I'm 6ft 2ins, if i wasn't built like that, I could've died."
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