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gran suing after hol camel horror; Thrown off and stamped on.

Byline: MARTIN FRICKER

A GRAN is suing a tour firm after she was thrown from a camel and then kicked and trampled while on holiday.

Karen Saccone, 61, paid [euro]10 for a ride along the beach in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, the day before she was due to fly home.

But as she was being helped into her seat by a tour guide, the spooked animal reared up and flipped her over its head.

Karen landed head-first on the sand before being stamped on and kicked by another halfton camel standing in front. She was then dragged several metres along the beach by her leg, which was still caught in the strap of the seat.

Karen had a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and head and facial injuries.

She spent a week in a Spanish hospital and was then off work for four months. The child carer is now in line for a payout after lawyers secured an admission of liability from the local excursion company.

Recalling the accident in June, 2017, mumof-one Karen, from Derby, explained: "Everything happened in such a blur. I... sat on the chair when the camel went to stand up.

"It threw the chair forward and I couldn't stop myself from falling. The camel in front trampled me, but... the other camel shot off and started dragging me across the beach.

"The camel started kicking and stamping on me. It was like a nightmare."

She added: "The mental scars have been the worst. I won't take any risks and I get frightened in busy places."

martin.fricker@mirror.co.uk @martinfricker

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 7, 2019
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