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The young British girl, Romany Mitchell who miraculously survived falling thirty feet off her balcony from her hotel room in Phuket has withdrawn her allegation that her drink was spiked. In her original story she said that she had returned to her five star hotel alone after going out drinking with her friends who claimed that her drinks were spiked. The staff in the hotel reported that she arrived at the hotel upset and crying for what would have been her first night it the establishment. At 3am she appears to have become disorientated before falling from her 3rd story balcony. She escaped with a badly injured ankle and is receiving physiotherapy at the local hospital.
The girl was in Thailand as part of her gap year after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University. Doctors there reportedly hailed her as “the miracle” for surviving the plunge. Her female travel companion said that she was due to be flown home to receive treatment for her injuries.
Other media coverage said that she had claimed that she was escaping an assailant in her hotel room when she fell from the balcony. Police had been waiting for the results of a toxicology test however she has now withdrawn her complaint to protect her privacy.
Police have not contacted doctors for the toxicology report as the complaint was withdrawn, ending the investigation, said Capt Nattaya. “It’s her privacy and we need to respect that,” she said.
Last week foreign Office officials renewed warnings to Brits travelling to Thailand after this latest in a series of balcony falls. In January, Lee Charie, 32, flew back to Britain with a section of his skull in his hand luggage after surviving a 22-foot fall on his head. He smashed the left side of his skull when he fell from the balcony on the island of Koh Tao in December last year. There are now calls for warnings to be put up at the airport for tourists arriving to be made aware of the high incidence of balcony falls. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our message to everyone is to behave responsibly when they are staying somewhere that has a balcony. “Most incidents involve young people between the ages of 18 and 35 and whilst not always the case, alcohol often plays a part.”