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Young tourist 'trapped' in hospital abroad after being hit by 'freak' wave on holiday

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A young tourist has been trapped abroad in hospital after she was 'swept out to sea' by a 'freak' wave. Charline Edwards was left in "excruciating" pain after she was hit by the wave as she relaxed in the water on the Cape Verde Coast.

She is currently recovering from a nerve injury to her spine. Initially, she could not feel her arms or hands. Her boyfriend, Callum Aston, said it took three hours for her to reach a hospital and the full extent of her injuries would not be known until she was examined in the UK.A GoFundMe page has since been launched to cover the £40,000 bill that will need to be paid to fly the 24-year-old home.

The couple, from Sutton Coldfield, took the holiday from a colleague at short notice but forgot to arrange travel insurance.Speaking from the Cape Verde hospital where Charline was being treated, Callum told BirminghamLive of Charline's injuries: "The water was a little choppy but nothing too serious.

The flags were green, telling us it was safe to swim."We were less than waist-deep in the water, Charline was lying on her back floating in the water relaxing.

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