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Gran breaks back in 30ft balcony fall.

A GRAN broke her back in two places in a horror plunge after being left dangling from a balcony by her fingertips.

Bernice Gilchrist, 46, clung on for several minutes dressed in her nightdress and slippers before falling 30ft.

Doctors have told her she may never walk again.

Neighbours rushed to help as she lay screaming in agony outside the Montgomery Road tower block in Paisley.

A witness said: "I saw the woman hanging from the balcony. She was very agitated and it looked like she was trying to get back up. She hung on for as long as she could before losing her grip."

Last night, Bernice was stable in Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital after Sunday's incident.

Her son, Zac Martin, 27, said his mum had suffered from depression.

He added: "I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened. I am just happy she is still with us though."

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