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Laura Laing, 30, suffered the excruciating injury while staying with friends in a cabin in Dunoon, Argyll & Bute as part of her hen job.
The administrator, from Gracemount, found herself wearing a giant moon boot on her big day and although she managed to ‘hobble’ down the aisle, she couldn’t complete her first dance. – and was even in a wheelchair on her honeymoon.
But after taking legal action, the villa owner accepted responsibility and agreed to a friendly settlement that helped Laura recover her losses.
She said, “We had it all planned out for months, so everything falling apart because of the mold slide was both frustrating and upsetting.
“I was in absolute agony, but I missed so many experiences like my first dance with my husband which probably hurt more than my ankle.”
Laura and ten friends arrived at Clydeside Villa in Dunoon on February 15, 2019 after booking a three-day £ 700 stay on Airbnb.
But at noon on the second day, the trip was cut short when Laura – who was sober – slipped across the deck.
She said: “I immediately knew something was wrong because my ankle was pointing the wrong way.
“I remember crying and wondering what that meant for my wedding and my honeymoon.”
Concerned friends called an ambulance where Laura was taken to three different hospitals in two days.
She went to Dunoon Hospital for initial treatment before being transferred to the Royal Inverclyde Hospital in Greenock via the ferry. From there, she was taken to the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary for surgery on February 17.
Laura was held at the RIE for three days to recover from having plates and pins attached to her ankle before being unloaded into a moon boot on crutches.
First dance “cut”
On March 23, Laura then married partner Calum Laing, 27, in Edinburgh City Chambers before hosting a reception at Inch Park Community Sports Hub – but the day was unlike anything they had planned.
Laura said: “I didn’t have the experiences you would normally have before your wedding, so I missed my makeup and perfume purchases for the day.
“I had to buy sneakers so I could wear one on my right foot so I could at least hobble down the aisle with my dad.
“I didn’t have to change my dress, but it was damaged because it got caught on the velcro of the moon boot.
“Our first dance was to the song ‘Would You Be So Kind? By Dodie Clark but I only did it halfway before I literally had to be blown away.
“I’m glad we didn’t decide to have a ceilidh because it would have been unnecessary.
“I then spent most of the night sitting. I couldn’t greet people because I couldn’t move and couldn’t even have a glass of champagne because of the pain relievers I was taking.
“But I tried to find the positives at night because at the end of the day I was still able to marry my amazing man.”
In May 2019, the newlyweds traveled to Disney World in Florida for their honeymoon.
But with persistent pain and mobility issues, Laura was confined to a wheelchair and crowds prevented her from using crutches safely – the couple also lost prepaid trips.
Upon their return, Laura relied on extensive physical therapy to relieve the lingering pain that kept her from sleeping and driving.
She now has two permanent surgical scars on her ankle – one 10cm and the other 5cm – and has not been able to return to her hobbies of biking, swimming or hiking.
Laura said: “It has been a bit of a nightmare to say the least but my recovery is going well and maybe in the future I can finally organize some kind of gathering again where I can finally enjoy this. that I missed. at.”
Catriona Headley, a partner at Digby Brown Solicitors, helped Laura recover compensation earlier this month through an occupant liability action.
The owner of the villa admitted responsibility after arguing that he had failed to remove the mold build-up as it was a “reasonably foreseeable hazard”.
Ms Headley said: ‘Getting robbed of what is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life is a horrible thing to experience, so the fact that Laura got to see the positives is a great illustration of her character. .
“We thought this case was a simple problem of a negligent owner not taking reasonable steps to reduce avoidable risk. So I’m glad we were able to help Laura recoup her losses and wish her as well than at Calum, the best for the future. “
Argyll Self-Catering Holidays, which manages the villa, has been contacted for comment.