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Singapore Airlines passenger faces weeks in Thai hospital with serious spinal injury before returning to Australia

An Australian man injured when a Singapore Airlines flight “fell into a huge hole” over Myanmar says his wife is “not in a big space” after suffering a spinal injury.

Keith Davis and his wife Kerry Jordan are in Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, where it could be weeks before Jordan recovers enough to fly to Adelaide.

Davis said his wife was thrown into the overhead lockers and landed in the aisle, where she remained for the rest of the flight, unable to move.

A bearded man takes a selfie with a woman in a black cap

Keith Davis and Kerry Jordan were injured on the Singapore Airlines flight.(Supplied)

“She had emergency surgery as soon as we came in and she still doesn’t feel anything from the waist down, so it’s a big life change,” she told ABC News Breakfast from her hospital bed.

After spending days “in limbo” without hearing from the airline following Tuesday’s incident, Davis said there had been a “sea change” in the couple’s situation after meeting Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong, on Thursday.

One person died on the flight, a man who suffered a heart attack right in front of the Australian couple.

A man is seen in a hospital bed with his head bandaged.

Adelaide resident Keith Davis says his wife Kerry underwent emergency surgery after arriving in Bangkok. (ABC News Breakfast)

Of the 40 passengers and crew on the flight still being treated, 22 have spinal cord injuries and six have brain and skull injuries, according to hospital director Adinun Kittiratanapaibool.

Head to the ceiling

Davis said there was no warning before the sudden turbulence that rocked the flight from London to Singapore.

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