Holidaymaker critical after brain injury in Ibiza

Ben Munro suffered a blow to the head. Picture: comp
Ben Munro suffered a blow to the head. Picture: comp
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A HOLIDAYMAKER has sustained a serious brain injury after suffering a blow to the head while partying with friends in Ibiza.

Roofer Ben Munro, 24, had to be airlifted to a hospital on the nearby island of Mallorca for emergency treatment to halt bleeding and swelling on the brain.

It has been claimed the Stenhouse resident took a blow to the head in the early hours of Wednesday morning and showed no signs of illness until he collapsed one hour after the incident.

Relatives say the circumstances of how he came to be injured are not yet clear and are awaiting the results of a brain scan to determine whether he will need an operation.

Mr Munro is understood to have been unconscious throughout the helicopter flight to the hospital in Palma, Mallorca, and was sedated while he received treatment but has since woken up.

Several relatives have flown to Mallorca to be by his bedside and are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

One family member, who asked not to be named, said Mr Munro had suffered a brain haemorrhage but he is now stable after doctors managed to stop the bleeding.

“We don’t know what happened,” they said. “We just know that he fell and he’s got a very bad brain injury. We’re just hoping that the swelling goes down and he gets better.”

The relative added that Mr Munro could not remember how he sustained the injury.

“He was on holiday with his pals, then we got a phone call on Wednesday at 5am to say he was being airlifted from Ibiza to Palma,” they said. “We got on the first plane after that. We have been by his side since.”

Mr Munro’s family say they have been overwhelmed by messages of support from friends in the Capital and have praised Spanish medical staff for saving his life.

“They have been really good,” said the relative.

Chris Adie, who had travelled to the hospital in Palma to support his injured friend, took to social media to tell how he was flying back to Ibiza today before returning to Edinburgh. “Didn’t really wanna return to the place. Hate it now. It’s gonna be a long 24 hours,” he wrote.

He had earlier posted: “Would do anything for me and the lads to just get home and be orite (sic).”

In another online post, Mr Munro’s sister, Tammi, said: “Flying home tonight, unfortunately not with my brother, absolutely gutted but glad he’s in recovery. Love him lots.”

And sister Nikki Boyd posted: “My brother Ben has had a brain scan and he is still bleeding from the brain. The next 48 hours is a waiting game to see if they need to operate”.

Head trauma is the most common cause for bleeding on the brain – or a brain haemorrhage – for people under the age of 50.

The symptoms can vary, but ultimately it is caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localised bleeding. Symptoms can develop rapidly or can take a number of weeks to develop, requiring urgent treatment.

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com