ABritish holidaymaker has told how she feared she would never walk again after being crushed by a palm tree while sunbathing at a resort in Sri Lanka.
Claire Saywell, 42, was relaxing at the four-star Club Hotel Dolphin resort with her husband David when a 50ft tree fell across her sun-bed, shattering her legs.
Commercial insurance broker Mrs Saywell, from Sittingbourne, Kent, feared she may have been left disabled as three men struggled to lift the tree off her.
She said: “I was dozing in the sun with my eyes closed and the next thing I knew I had this excruciating pain in my legs.
“I remember seeing the tree and screaming, ‘Get it off me’, as the pain was nothing like I’ve ever experienced.
“My legs were bent down in a V shape where the sun lounger had broken and when the men managed to get the tree off, my legs looked deformed with my feet going in different directions.
“I will never get that vision out of my head. I thought my legs were gone.
“Everyone was running around panicking and I was trying to avoid looking at my legs as they were such a mess.”