Teacher paralysed after plunging off cliff in escape from sex attacker
A teacher, from Queens in New York, is undergoing treatment for a severe spinal injury after plunging from a 150ft cliff while fleeing a sex attack in Thailand.
Hannah Gavios, 23, who only arrived in Thailand the day previously, got lost on Railay Beach in the resort of Krabi.
After losing touch with her friends, she asked a worker in a local tourist shop to help her find the hotel she was staying in.
The local agreed to guide her on her journey, however he instead led her up a pitch black mountain in the jungle where he attempted to attack her.
Gavios tried to flee the attacker, but instead ended up running directly off a cliff and plummeted to the ground below. Her attacker continued the monstrous attack as Gavios lay helpless at the bottom of the cliff.
Gavios, who was on a short break from teaching English in Vietnam, was then left to suffer for several hours.
The attacker then returned to the area with several others who brought the teacher to hospital.
A relative told the New York Post that she is Gavios is partially paralysed from the waist down and it is not yet clear whether or not this injury is permanent.
Gavios is now being treated at Bangkok Hospital in Phuket.