Ibiza brain injury victim faces long hospital stay

Ben Munro was airlifted to hospital. Picture: comp
Ben Munro was airlifted to hospital. Picture: comp
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A ROOFER who suffered a brain injury while holidaying in Ibiza faces a lengthy stay in a Spanish hospital.

Ben Munro was airlifted to hospital in Palma, Mallorca, after a blow to the head on the neighbouring party island last week.

He is in the neurology unit, and although he is showing positive signs of improvement, his family is unsure about when he can return to Scotland.

Mr Munro – who suffered bleeding and swelling on the brain – is awake and has been “chatting and smiling” to relatives, as well as texting friends.

Despite his recovery being at an early stage, doctors at Son Espases Hospital plan to liaise with Scottish medics in the hope he can eventually transfer to a hospital in the Capital.

But because Mr Munro has suffered a head injury, it could be some time before he can fly back to Scotland, due to cabin pressure in a plane.

He will have another brain scan later this week to assess his condition.

Get-well messages have been flooding in for the popular Hibs fan – from supporters across the city divide.

At the derby at Tynecastle on Sunday, Mr Munro’s friends unveiled a banner which said: “Get well soon Ben Munro. He’s one of our own.”

A close family member said Mr Munro was agitated when he realised that he was missing the game, but delighted to see a picture of the banner.

The relative, who remains at Mr Munro’s bedside, said: “It’s all good, he’s on the road to recovery. We just want him home now.

“He’s responsive, we showed him a banner and he had a big smile. We are getting there. He’s such a lovely wee guy, everybody loves him. The minute he can fly home I am hoping that he can get right into the Western General.”

The relative said the messages from Edinburgh had given the family strength, adding: “We know that we’re not going through this on our own.”

Mr Munro said his European Health Insurance Card had proved to be a saving grace, opening the door to easier hospital access.