British father-of-two, 42, loses the use of his legs after diving into a Spanish hotel pool and hitting his head
- Keith Dungait, 42, was on holiday in Majorca with Spain when he dived into pool
- Father-of-two hit his head on bottom, leaving him with five fractured vertebrae
- He is now in hospital but has lost the use of his legs and requires major surgery
- Friends are raising funds for him online in the hopes that he will walk again
A father-of-two is critically ill in hospital after hitting his head on the bottom of a Spanish hotel pool in a freak accident.
Keith Dungait, 42, who is thought to live in Newcastle, suffered five back fractures after the accident at the D’Or Hotel in the resort of Cala d’Or on Majorca.
The married father-of-two and nutrition company employee was on holiday with friends when the accident happened.
Keith Dungait, 42, is in hospital in Spain with five fractured vertebrae and no feeling in his legs after diving into a hotel pool and hitting his head on the bottom
Wife Christina, who works for Gateshead NHS Trust and father Micky are now at his bedside at Can Misses Hospital in the island capital Palma.
His two sons Ronnie, seven, and Makaulay, five, are at home in the UK with relatives.
Keith, who originally hails from Morpeth, Northumberland, was rushed to hospital after hitting his head around 6.30pm last Thursday.
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Friends have released distressing photos of him lying in hospital – his wife by his side – as they appeal for money for his rehabilitation in the hope he will walk again.
The appeal has already raised more than half the £50,000 the family are asking for.
The friend who organized the appeal said: ‘Sadly on July 5, whilst on holiday with friends, Keith innocently dived into the hotel pool and hit his head on the bottom.
Mr Dungait has been joined in hospital by wife Christina (right) while their sons Ronnie and Makaulay are in the UK with relatives
‘A moment that took just seconds has left Keith in a critical condition with five fractures in his back and without the use of his legs.
‘Keith’s wife Christina is by his side in Spain along with his parents, whilst his two sons, Ronnie, seven and Makaulay, five, are at home with their family.
‘Keith’s family know there is a long road ahead, and we hope that the funds we raise through this appeal will help make that rehabilitation possible and get Keith back on his feet.
‘Your donations will help cover medical bills, potentially allow Keith to be flown back to the UK and we hope to raise enough to help Keith begin his road to recovery.’
Friend Shelly Kitching added on Facebook: ‘Wishing our crazy fun-loving friend Keith a speedy recovery. Sadly just heard he was in a freak pool accident whilst in Majorca.
‘We are raising money to help bring him back to the UK and for his family.
‘He does have insurance but you just never know and at this moment in time he has lost the use of both of his legs so will be in a Spanish hospital for a while longer.
‘Please send your prayers to him and his family, wife, and two young boys.’
Colleague Jeff Williams, who has also spent time at his bedside in intensive care, revealed that Keith is about to have life-saving spinal surgery to minimize the risk of further paralysis in his arms and legs.
He said on Monday night: ‘I have spent the last three days with my heart breaking in intensive care with my great friend Keith, his wife Christina, and his dad Micky.
‘He is about to have life-saving spinal surgery to minimize the risk of any further paralysis in his arms and hands.
‘He has lost the use of his legs but we refuse to lose hope of him walking again. He is currently stable but critical.’
Mr Dungait was on holiday with friends when he jumped into this pool at the D’Or Hotel in the resort of Cala d’Or in Majorca
Urging well-wishers to donate money to the fundraising appeal, he added in a Facebook post: ‘With urgent and extensive medical support and rehabilitation our hope is to get him back on his feet.
‘The incredibly sad irony is Keith has passionately raised thousands for others to rebuild their lives with similar injuries, so we sincerely hope you help us do the same for him.’
Keith, a keen rugby player when he was at a pupil at Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, graduated from the University of Northumbria in 1999 with a degree in manufacturing.
He describes himself on LinkedIn as a ‘proud family man and dad to two fab young boys.’
Well-wisher Pauline Hoyle, one of those who has donated money, said: ‘We know you are strong Keith you will be coming home to your family. My thoughts are with all your family & friends.’
Patricia McGirr added: ‘Come on Keith. You can do this. Sending you all the positive thoughts for a full and speedy recovery.’
The hotel where the freak accident happened is in a family-friendly resort on Majorca’s east coast.
Hospital sources confirmed on Tuesday that Mr Dungait was in a ‘serious but stable’ condition in intensive care.
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