TRAGIC: Niamh is currently in a coma after she fell from a balcony in Benalmadena

THE family of an Irish teen have appealed for help following a ‘life-changing’ balcony accident on the Costa del Sol.

Niamh McGeoghegan, 18, fell from a third-floor balcony in Benalmadena on March 17, shattering a large part of her spine and may never walk again.

Her uncle Tony Curran, who described his niece as ‘strong and a fighter’, has set up a fundraiser to help her recovery.

ACTIVE: Niamh’s family say she enjoys taking the dogs for walks and going to the gym

Originally from Warrenpoint in County Down, Niamh is an A-level student at Benalmadena International College.

She was getting ready for a night out when the tragic accident happened and her family have been told she will be paralysed from the waist down.

Niamh was placed in a coma by doctors, and her mum and dad, Claire and Damien from Rostrevor and Bessbrook are now gratefully accepting donations for her rehab.

HELP: Niamh’s family are gratefully accepting donations for her recovery after being told she may not walk again

The money raised will go towards Niamh’s recovery and will help fund the cost of any equipment she may need.

A statement issued by Niamh’s family said: “She spends most of her time being active and would regularly go for long walks, taking the dogs out, go to the gym and socialise with friends.”

The link to the fundraiser for Niamh is here.

This accident comes after a series of balcony falls and there is now a campaign by another young expat (page 2) to raise awareness of the dangers of balconies.

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