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Judo star Stephanie Inglis in coma after Vietnam motorbike crash

Published 13/05/2016

Judo athlete Stephanie Inglis is fighting for her life in hospital in Vietnam after a motorcycle accident
Judo athlete Stephanie Inglis is fighting for her life in hospital in Vietnam after a motorcycle accident

The sister of a Scottish Commonwealth Games medallist seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Vietnam has revealed she is in a "critical" condition in hospital.

Judo star Stephanie Inglis suffered severe head injuries when her skirt caught in a wheel and pulled her off the bike as she made her way to the school where she has been teaching English to underprivileged children for the last four months.

The 27-year-old, who won silver at Glasgow 2014, is now being treated in a hospital intensive care unit in Hanoi where she is in a coma.

Her parents have flown from their home in Inverness to be at her bedside.

An online fundraising campaign launched to help pay for her medical costs has raised more than £75,000 within hours of being set up.

Her sister Stacey told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme: "She's in a very critical state, she's in a coma.

"There is a lot of bleeding to the brain and swelling, and we are just not sure what is going to happen."

A tearful Stacey added: " She is my big sister - I look up to her so much. She's one of the nicest people, the best sister you could probably have.

"She's so supportive to me, to my mum and my dad. She's got the best advice ever, not that I always take it.

"I just want her home, I just want her home."

She described the support the family are receiving as "amazing".

Fellow judo athlete Khalid Gehlan created the GoFundMe page after a problem emerged with travel insurance in covering the medical bills.

He said: "We set up the fund initially just to get some money together in the hope that some people would come together and give some money towards the cost to help Stephanie.

"But I didn't expect to get the response that we did and it's overwhelming, but it's testament to the kind of person Stephanie is."

Writing on the fundraising page, he said Inglis was being taxied on a motorbike to the school when the accident happened.

"Somewhere along this journey her dress was caught in the wheel and she was dragged off from her seat at high speeds and received severe injuries to her brain.

"If anyone can pull through this it's Stephanie.

"She has been a fighter her whole life, following in her father's footsteps and becoming an international athlete, competing for Great Britain all over the world, beating adversity, competing and winning a silver medal in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, fighting for her country and her dreams.

"Now she is fighting for her life."

A statement from JudoScotland said the organisation is "obviously shocked and saddened".

It added: "Steph was a valued member of the JudoScotland Performance Squad prior to her retirement and a leading member of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games team, adding to Scotland's medal count with a silver medal (under 57kg).

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at JudoScotland are with Steph and her family at this difficult time."

The Foreign Office said: ''We are in contact with the family of a British national who has been hospitalised in Vietnam, and will continue to offer support at this difficult time.''

Paul Bush, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said news of the accident had come as a "great shock".

He added: "Stephanie, a 2014 silver medallist, was a popular and valued member of Team Scotland during the Glasgow 2014 Games.

"We would like to send our best wishes to Stephanie, her family and friends at this challenging time as she fights to recover from this terrible accident."

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