December 25, 2019
A woman whose courage Diana, Princess of Wales found inspiring after she was paralysed as a child has been left stranded in Singapore as part of her wheelchair was lost while travelling.
Paralysed Woman Who Inspired Princess Diana Stranded At Christmas As Airline Loses Wheelchair Part
Gemma Quinn, 35, was paralysed from the neck down in a car accident in 1992 and made headlines as a child due to a heartfelt letter she sent to Superman actor Christopher Reeve about his own paralysis.
An experienced traveller, Quinn booked a 19-day trip of a lifetime across Asia with her two carers at a cost of more than £15,000.However Quinn is spending her holiday, and Christmas, in a hotel room in Singapore after a “catalogue of errors” meant that the back of her custom-made wheelchair was lost during the first leg of her trip, rendering it unusable.
She flew from Manchester Airport to Dubai on December 23 with Emirates before arriving in Singapore on December 24, but is now unable to leave her bed or complete the next two stops on her country-hopping trip.
She told the PA news agency: “This was meant to be a holiday of a lifetime which is now turned into a living nightmare.
“I have always tried to live a normal and active life as possible, travel always comes with its difficulties, but I have never been made to feel so disabled as I do now.”
The 35-year-old made headlines nearly a quarter of a century ago after she wrote to Reeve when he was paralysed from the neck down in a horse-riding accident in 1995.
After encouraging the late actor to not give up in the face of his diagnosis, Merseysider Quinn met Diana that same year.
After meeting 10-year-old Quinn, Diana wrote a letter to the International Spinal Research Trust, saying: “To any parent, the thought of their child suffering a serious spinal injury is truly frightening.“I therefore find Gemma’s example of hope and courage all the more inspiring.”
Quinn told PA she had been “degraded” by the experience with Emirates after she was informed the back of her chair had been lost after her first flight.
Without the specially-moulded back of the chair, she was carried through Dubai airport in a stretcher in order to make her connecting flight.
“It was an absolutely mortifying experience,” Quinn said.
“I kept telling all the staff that if they couldn’t find the missing back off my chair then there was no point in me continuing my trip.
“I got the feeling that they just wanted me off the aircraft.
“I eventually very reluctantly agreed to be stretchered to my connecting flight on the promise that they would be working on a solution by the time I landed in Singapore.”
Quinn added the vital part of the custom-chair, which cost several thousand pounds, has not been recovered and was not even registered as lost by Emirates until she got to Singapore.
Her father Mike Quinn, a former computer programmer, said Emirates had “washed their hands” of his daughter’s ordeal.
“They’ve said sorry, we’ve looked everywhere, we can’t find it, there’s nothing we can do. Emirates simply don’t care,” he told PA.
The 35-year-old was set to be travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to celebrate the New Year before travelling to a beach resort in the country.
However, this is now unlikely given the custom-built nature of Quinn’s chair.
Emirates has said nothing can be done until after the Christmas holiday.
She added: “By the time I landed in Singapore nothing had been done, the only thing they did put a pillow on the back of my chair held in place with two aeroplane seat belts, I told them how unsafe this was for me but they shrugged it off.
“Here I am now confined to my hotel room completely immobile, the only sights that I can see is the sights out of my window until Emirates deliver on a promise.”
Emirates has been contacted for comment.Related... Paralysed Man Walks Again Using Brain Implants And Robotic Suit Meghan, Harry And Princess Diana: How Decades Of Press Scrutiny Sparked The Prince's 'War Cry' How To Access Grief Counselling – And When You Should Do It
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Christine Quinn felt ‘annoyed’ bringing up ex drama on ‘Selling Sunset’ | Page Six Celebrity News
November 24, 2021
glyJ2w62L9k
Which 'Selling Sunset' star didn't get invited to Heather's wedding? | Page Six Celebrity News
November 24, 2021
K-7VbTnMfbI
Jason Oppenheim gushes over Chrishell Stause romance, he's "in love" | Page Six
November 23, 2021
LmlntGyFYLE
'The Beatles: Get Back' Director Peter Jackson Joins Variety's Doc Dreams
November 26, 2021
K95MIzDth_A
Kevin Hart, Wesley Snipes, and Eric Newman Talk 'True Story' and Kevin's Acting Skills
November 23, 2021
PuTxxFD4tHM
Adam Driver, Jared Leto, and Jeremy Irons Talk 'House of Gucci'
November 22, 2021
u5QhOKbdsoA
"Vanderpump Rules" Star Katie Maloney Opens Up About Abortion
November 27, 2021
fMA1NRmZMTg
Ice-T & Coco's Daughter Teaches Grandma How To Twerk
November 27, 2021
0O9KoeqoPik
"RHOA" Star Falynn Pina Welcomes Baby Girl With Fiance
November 27, 2021
d2b5cZQ3tsA
Bebe Rexha Doesn't Need Awards to Validate Song Popularity | TMZ
November 28, 2021
a3J6tT4rIHU
Faizon Love Says 'Elf 2' Doesn't Need Will Ferrell, Time for Black Elf | TMZ
November 28, 2021
j3mubDgTYnU
Blac Chyna Weighs In on Omicron Variant & Unvaccinated People
November 27, 2021
-biXwe9YaNQ
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.