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A father has been left paralysed from the hip up after falling downstairs - while sleepwalking.
After former caretaker Colin White, 56, went to bed with his wife, Jo he woke up on the floor at the bottom of his staircase unable to move and with searing pain running through his body.
Fall - Colin - Tetraplegia - Movement - Limbs
The fall left Colin with tetraplegia which restricts movement of the limbs and he is now in need of constant care and assistance.
Nursing assistance Jo, 55, said: 'Our lives have changed completely.
'It was like he has just stepped into darkness.
'He went to bed as normal, we were talking a bit in bed and then we went to sleep.
Thud - Morning
'And all of a sudden I heard this thud, it was around three or four in the morning.
'I thought he had gone to the toilet but when I got up to look I just saw him in a heap at the bottom of the stairs.
Blood - Head - Dead
'I thought it knocked him out and I could see blood coming from his head - I thought he was dead.'
Doctors say the father-of-one has damaged his spinal cord in the accident.
Tetraplegia - Quadriplegia - Paralysis - Illness - Injury
Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.
Jo says her husband, who would 'regularly sleepwalk', cannot remember falling down the stairs which is why doctors and his family believe he was sleep walking.
'He - Sleepwalk - Noise - Bed
She adds: 'He would regularly sleepwalk before this but he would normally make enough noise for me to wake up and bring him back to bed.
'When he fell all he kept saying was 'where am I' because he just didn't know where he was - it put him into darkness.
'I said come on get up,...
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