Stephanie Inglis, a British judo star who was critically injured in a motorbike accident in Vietnam has woken from her coma.
Stephanie Inglis, 27, from Inverness in the Highlands, is said to have grabbed her father’s hand as she responded to her family for the first time since last month’s crash.
The Commonweath Games 2014 silver medallist suffered severe head injuries after she was thrown from a motorbike taxi when her skirt became caught in the wheel.
She has been in a medically induced coma ever since.
According to a Facebook page set up by her supporters, Ms Inglis’ parents arrived at the hospital on Tuesday morning to find she had one eye open.
Her mother Alison asked her to blink if she could hear them, which she did, before reaching out for her father’s hand.
“Today has been filled with extremes of emotion for Stephanie, her parents and family,” the post on the SaveSteph Facebook page said.
“Alison told Robert to hold her hand and as he went to do so Stephanie lifted her hand for Robert to take it.
“And then Stephanie began to cry, I can’t comprehend what this must of done (sic) to her parents on one hand the joy they felt was extreme, on the other they have never felt such sadness.
“They wanted to know if she was in pain, and had so many other questions to ask but instead they just told her she was ok, she was going to make it, they were there for her and so are many other people who are fighting this fight with her.”
Ms Inglis’ childhood friend and judo competitor Khalid Gehlan added: “This is incredible. A girl who was written off for dead three weeks ago has now been given hope, her doctors are starting to whisper that there’s potential for a full recovery.”
Mr Gehlan has set up a fundraising campaign to help raise money for Ms Inglis’ medical bills, which were costing £2,000 a day after her medical insurance was deemed invalid.
More than 7,000 people have donated so far, raising over £288,000.
Ms Inglis, who was in Vietnam teaching English in Ha Long, is now being treated at a hospital in Bangkok.