Rubber Band Man Bounces Back
A British holidaymaker broke his back plummeting two storeys from a hotel balcony - but sprang to his feet and ran off after hitting the ground.
Stunned doctors later declared he should have died from the fall and even dubbed him Rubber Band Man after his amazing escape.
Theo Paget, 20, is thought to have been high on drink and drugs when he plunged 40ft from his hotel room after a row with girlfriend Chantelle in Mamaris, Turkey.
The lucky Leicester lad then simply got up and trotted off into the night as distraught friends and hotel security began a frantic search for him.
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Two hours later, Theo strolled back into the hotel lobby complaining of a bad back.
He was taken to hospital where a scan revealed he had fractured his lower spine.
He said yesterday: "The doctors were amazed that I lived to tell the tale.
"They said I was like a rubber band and just bounced - I was so lucky."
But Theo's luck ran out when doctors noticed he was drunk and his urine tested positive for cocaine and cannabis.
His insurers promptly refused to pay for his treatment and he had to discharge himself from his intensive care bed after just two days.
Worried doctors wanted him flown home on a stretcher but, without his insurance cover, he had to make do with a back brace and a wheelchair.
Theo said that he felt dizzy on the balcony before his horror fall at the Blue Bays DeLuxe hotel early on Saturday.
He added: "I remember hitting the ground and lying there a minute to catch my breath.
"Then everyone started crowding round so I jumped up and ran off."
Hotel guest Rachel Gregory, from Doncaster, said: "I could hear a girl screaming. We looked out and we could see this lad lying on the concrete floor below.
"At first he didn't move and I thought he was dead. He looked all twisted up. Then he just jumped up and ran off into the night."
Theo and his friends flew back into Britain in the early hours of yesterday.