A blind man is suing his close friends after he fell out of a window at their home while trying to find the bathroom.
Mark Pollock, 39, from Dublin, has been left in a wheelchair after suffering a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ as a result of the 25ft fall onto a patio.
Mr Pollock, who is the first blind man to ever reach the south pole and is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, is now taking legal action against Enda and Madeline Cahill for leaving the window open on the second floor of their home in Henley-on-Thames.
He claims they were negligent in leaving the window open, given that they had a blind man staying at the house.
The fall happened just weeks before he was due to marry his fiancee Simone George, a solicitor when Mr Pollock was staying with the couple during the Henley Regatta in July 2010, the High Court heard.
Mr Pollock, who lost his sight when he was 22 in 1998, said he doesn’t ‘remember anything’ about falling out the window but the most likely explanation was that he was trying to find the toilet.
Mr Pollock suffered a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and broke his neck in three places.