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Australian couple stranded in Thailand after horror Singapore Airlines flight

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Australian couple stranded in Thailand after horror Singapore Airlines flight

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What began as a dream holiday for an Aussie couple took a terrifying turn when their Singapore Airlines flight hit severe turbulence, resulting in a horror spinal injury for Adelaide woman Kerry Jordan.

Ms Jordan’s husband Keith Davis has spoken about their harrowing experience, which transformed their “fantastic holiday” into a nightmare, from hospital in Thailand.

He said the couple were on their way back from their first trip to the UK since the Covid-19 pandemic when their flight encountered severe turbulence.

In the chaos, Kerry was thrown against the luggage doors and landed in the aisle, causing a serious spinal injury.

“Instinctively, I reached out my hand over the water because I thought, sh*t that water is going to tip and then I was on the ceiling,” Mr Davis told The Advertiser.

“But my wife bounced off of the luggage doors and landed in the aisle and that’s where she suffered a spinal injury.

“She was unable to move so she stayed there for the rest of the flight and I just tried to protect her while we landed in all the carnage.”

The severe turbulence caused the plane to plunge 6000 feet, resulting in one passenger’s death and sending 30 others to the hospital.

After an emergency diversion to Bangkok, Kerry was rushed into emergency surgery at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital.

Doctors diagnosed her with a spinal cord injury, while Keith sustained superficial injuries, including soft tissue bruising and cuts.

“I’ve got stitches in my head and a lot of swelling,” he said.

Kerry remains in the ICU, awake but in a critical condition awaiting a medevac flight back to Adelaide.

But despite repeated attempts to contact Singapore Airlines, Keith says he has heard nothing back.

“I’ve been advised by the medical staff here that Singapore Airlines is the only option for Kerry to be medevaced,” he said. “There must be a plan. I just want it communicated,” he said.

“It’s going to be a really slow recovery. The first thing is to get her home.”

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