Girlfriend of Brit who broke neck on Benidorm water slide vows to ‘be there every step of the way along a tough road’ to recovery


THE girlfriend of a Brit left paralysed after an accident at Benidorm water park has vowed to “be there every step of the way” as he battles to recover.

David Briffaut, 23, broke two vertebrae in his neck in the freak accident after sliding head-first down the Aquamania ‘Splash’ ride on a board into the water.

David Briffaut’s life has changed forever following the accident
David was injured as he plunged head-first down the slide

His girlfriend Penny Bristow, 22, has revealed David, from Benfleet, Essex, is now back in the UK after the July 8 accident.

A JustGiving page set up to help pay for his bills has now raised over £80,000 and it is feared the talented golfer may never be able to walk again.

Penny thanked the “kindness of friends, family and people from across the world” for their donations and support for David, who works as a golf course green-keeper.

She said there isn’t an “easy road ahead of us but with a positive mind set, David will get through this no matter what it takes”.

“I now know to appreciate every second of your life because you do not know what is round the corner,” she said.

“Stay strong David, I love you loads and will be here for you every step of the way.”

Friends filmed David and Penny preparing to launch onto the water slide by lying face down on a red mat at the top.

The pair sped down the slide side by side laughing as the family friend recorded the fun moment.


But as David reached the end of the ride the short video appears to show his head snap forward as he hits the water.

David lost consciousness after hitting the water in a pool at the bottom of the slide but came round and told pals: “I can’t feel my legs.”

He was on a life support machine in a Spanish hospital before returning home to the UK.

His parents Lorraine and construction worker Stephane, both 55, were at his bedside after flying to Spain in order to prepare to bring him home by air ambulance.

He JustGiving page says: “The catastrophic injuries mean that David will need life-long care.

“His life has changed and so has the lives of those closest to him.

“His parents home will need to be remodelled for disability access, specialised treatment and new treatments will need to be explored and of course many other unforseen expenses covered.”

Penny has thanked everybody who’s helped David and vowed to support him as he recovers
David is back home but it’s feared he may never walk again

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