14 May 2010
Woman seeks compensation after suffering brain damage on holiday
A woman who suffered brain damage while on holiday is seeking compensation.
Sylvia Brown was on a break with husband John in Thailand when the accident occurred.
The pair were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and were on the Eastern and Oriental Express train's observation car when the driver applied the emergency brakes.
Ms Brown was catapulted into the air and landed on her head.
The 64-year-old broke her neck as a result of the accident and has been left a tetraplegic.
After spending months in Salisbury District Hospital's Duke of Cornwall spinal injury unit - which is purpose built for people who have injuries like hers and houses 54 beds - she is due to return home.
However, the couple may have to sell their house because they cannot afford to pay for her long-term care.
They want to receive damages from Bath Travel and the train company - which is a subsidiary of the Orient Express.