A groom is fighting for his life after plunging through a hotel banister on his wedding night, leaving him with a significant brain injury.
Newlywed Chris Mallon fell into a paved area Friday as he made his way to the honeymoon suite in West Lothian, Scotland, with his wife, Avril.
Mallon, who is in his 50s, was put into an induced coma after falling 12 feet at the luxury guesthouse, according to the Daily Record.
As well as a serious brain injury, Mallon has a significant lung injury, a back injury and damage to his heart — leaving him in critical condition.
His devastated wife has been by his bedside ever since the accident at the Macdonald Houstoun House hotel in Uphall.
Avril, a graphic designer, wrote on Facebook: “I can’t believe I am writing this post about my husband, my soulmate.
“I just want everyone to know the truth and understand what happened on the night of our wedding.
“Friday was just perfect we had the most amazing day and night celebrating with our family and friends at the McDonald Houston House Hotel.
“At the end of the night after all the guests had left a member of staff helped Chris to take some gifts and cards up to our honeymoon suite which is in a separate listed building.
“At the top of the stairs Chris lost his footing and he went to grab the banister and fell right through the large gap down 12-foot onto the pavement below.
“This was an accident waiting to happen.
“Myself and his family have never left his side and we are just praying and hoping that our love will pull him through.
“Please keep him in your prayers.”
The devastated newlywed said her husband is suffering “significant brain injury, significant lung injury, and back injury and damage to his heart.”
“On top of this he has developed an infection he is still in an induced coma and critical,” she wrote.
“I will keep you all updated.”
Worried loved ones passed on messages of support for Avril.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We were called to Macdonald Houstoun House shortly before 2am last Saturday.
“We dispatched two ambulances to the scene, with the first crew arriving at 2.04am.
“We transported one male patient in his 50s to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”
The incident has been reported to the West Lothian Council and is being investigated by environmental health officers.
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