Brit tourist’s heart ‘almost EXPLODED’ on terrifying 125mph Salou rollercoaster ride
A BRIT suffered a collapsed lung during a terrifying experience on a rollercoaster in a Spanish resort town.
Kevin Perry, 20, from Belfast, feared he was having a heart attack after stepping off the ride – which goes from 0-125mph in just seconds – in Salou.
After receiving medical attention at the theme park Kevin decided to have an early night back at his hotel.
But he woke up up the next morning to his mum’s screams as his bed sheets were stained red with blood he had coughed up in his sleep.
He was rushed to hospital where he underwent two operations to drain his lungs of fluid and air.
Doctors told him it was possible the pressure could have caused his “heart to explode”.
Recalling the ordeal Kevin told Belfast Live: “When I stepped off the ride I automatically started feeling tight around my chest.
“I genuinely thought I was having a heart attack, it felt like someone was pushing downwards on my ribs.”
He went to the theme park medical centre before going back to his hotel room for an early night.
However he was horrified to wake up and find “blood everywhere”.
Kevin, a part time DJ, said: “There was deep red blood clots all over the bedding.
“I jumped straight out of bed and went straight to a local GP. They had then diagnosed me with pneumothorax (a collapsed lung) and I was admitted into a hospital ward awaiting two operations.
“My chest was so tight that doctors explained there was the potential the pressure could have caused my heart to explode. It was really frightening to hear those words.
“I had two surgeries in five days. The first surgery was keyhole to drain out the internal bleeding and then the second operation was a deflation of my lungs.”
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As a result of his condition Kevin was unable to fly home.
He said he had to travel for three days to get home with his dad.
“I was told that if I hadn’t gone to the hospital when I did then there was a chance that I could have died”, he said. “I was just in shock but so grateful that I was on the mend and had been treated when I was.”
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