Appeal after accident settlement

The family of an Essex woman who was badly injured in a freak accident abroad say they are worried she may die unless she receives urgent treatment.

Appeal after Essex woman's Abu Dhabi accident

The family of an Essex woman, who was left brain damaged after an accident at a hotel in Abu Dhabi, fear she will die unless they get the money needed to fund her treatment.

Natalie Creane was injured at the hotel in 2008 when a wooden panel fell on her head.

She has been awarded compensation but the amount is not enough to pay for her ongoing medical costs, which could run into millions, and she will appeal the settlement later this month.

Nick Thatcher reports:

Natalie's parents talk about daughter's suffering

Natalie's mother Angie Smith said: "She was bubbly, intelligent, a normal girl...used to love her friends. She's loyal and she had a great job, great life and now she can't go out on her own.

"She can't bath alone. She needs somebody to be with her all the time. She's on so many drugs that she has hardly any memory.

"She cannot read properly. She can't write, can't sign her own name, can't fill in a form, due to the amount of drugs that she's on."

Natalie's father Derick Smith added: "She's also deteriorating. The worst case scenario we've had is 10 days in a medically induced coma."

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Family appeal after Abu Dhabi accident settlement

Natalie Creane.
Natalie Creane. Credit: Facebook

The family of an Essex woman who was badly injured in a freak accident abroad say they are worried she may die unless she receives urgent treatment.

Natalie Creane from Brentwood was left brain damaged after being hit by a wooden panel at a hotel in Abu Dhabi.

She received £36,000 in compensation. But her family say that's not nearly enough and are now appealing against the settlement.