Miracle baby for Goldthorpe woman who cheated death in hotel balcony plunge

Amy and Andy with baby Ralph
Amy and Andy with baby Ralph

A woman who fell 50ft from a Spanish hotel while sleepwalking has defied doctors who said she could never be a mum – by giving birth to a baby boy.

Amy Wigfull, aged 25, of Goldthorpe, near Doncaster, suffered catastrophic injuries in the fifth-floor plunge from a window three years ago.

She had metal screws inserted to hold her pelvis together and was told she would be unable to cope with the weight of a baby.

But against the odds she brought baby Ralph into the world last month and says being a mum is the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Amy was on a girls’ holiday celebrating her mum Shelly’s 40th birthday when she suffered her catastrophic fall and was lucky to escape with her life.

She got out of bed, walked into the bathroom, climbed into the bath and opened the fifth floor window before crawling out and falling onto the concrete below.

Amy – who had no history of sleepwalking – suffered a broken wrist, shoulder and pelvis, a punctured lung, bleeding on the brain and broken vertebra in her back.

Amy, who has no recollection of the fall, was told the devastating news her body wouldn’t be able to cope with pregnancy.

Delighted Amy and partner Andy Smith, 23, still can’t believe they have a son.

She said: “I was so relieved to be alive, I tried to push it to the back of my mind but the worry never went away.

“Now, I can’t remember my what my life was like before Ralph came along. Ralph is my little miracle. It seems too unbelievable.

“At first I thought I’d never walk again but I was so determined. Six weeks after the fall, I was taking a few steps.

“Then I broached the subject of babies with my consultant.

“Two metal rods were holding my pelvis together so the consultant said it was very unlikely that I’d be able to carry a baby.

“Even if I conceived there was a huge risk I’d have a miscarriage because there wasn’t enough room in my pelvis for the baby to grow.

“Although having children wasn’t on my list of priorities, I knew I wanted to be a mum someday so to be told it might never happen was devastating.”

After a month in a Spanish hospital she returned home to South Yorkshire and continued to get better.

Amy said: “We hadn’t bothered using contraception because I didn’t think I could get pregnant so I didn’t see the point. After four pregnancy tests, the news started to sink in but I was terrified I’d lose the baby. I was on edge until the moment Ralph arrived.”

Ralph was born on December 29 weighing 6lb 13oz at Rotherham Hospital.

Proud Amy added: “Now Ralph is here I feel incredibly lucky. I’m alive, I’ve learned to walk again and now I’m a mum.”