'An angel rescued my critically injured son'

PUBLISHED: 15:44 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:33 23 August 2010

HELP: Simon Lynds

HELP: Simon Lynds

AN ex-pat living in Mexico has been described as an angel by the mother of a student who is recovering in hospital from life-threatening injuries. Philip Pain, 20 of Eskdale Road Bexleyheath, fell seven stories from a balcony in Mazatlan on New Year s

AN ex-pat living in Mexico has been described as "an angel" by the mother of a student who is recovering in hospital from life-threatening injuries.

Philip Pain, 20 of Eskdale Road Bexleyheath, fell seven stories from a balcony in Mazatlan on New Year's Day.

The former Dartford Grammar School for Boys pupil suffered life-threatening injuries including a broken back and damaged internal organs from the fall but an operation last week has meant he has been able to leave bed for the first time in two months on Monday.

Simon Lynds, who grew up in Gravesend and left for Mexico five years ago, offered the family support in the Central American country when they rushed to be at his beside after he heard about the youngsters plight in an email.

Speaking to the exclusively to the Reporter from her son's Kings College Hospital, London bed, Sally Pain said of Mr Lynds: "It took something like this to make our family realise there are a lot of angels in the world and the response and support we have received from people has been astonishing.

"Simon went further than a lot of people and he offered accommodation and support and well as basic essentials that we didn't have time to think about like food and mobile phones."

Mr Lynds, who lived in Valley Drive, Taunton Vale and Medhurst Gardens as a youngster, heard about what had happened to Mr Pain via an email he was sent from a friend in the UK, appealing for O negative blood, which the student desperately needed in the first few days after the accident.

Thousands of people joined a Facebook group in the days following the Southampton University Student's accident.

The youngster was overwhelmed when he learned of the response on his return to the UK and thanked Mr Lynds for his generous help.

"I have heard all about what he did for my family when they were out in Mexico and I won't be able to thank him enough," he said.

"This has put things in perspective and made me realise that friends and family are so important. It has also shown that complete strangers can go out of their way to help someone and this really does please me."

" Philip was overjoyed to get into the wheelchair and soon they are hoping to get him one with the right support to allow him to be mobile.


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