Coma woman to return home

Holly Raper who is fighting for her life in Australia
Holly Raper who is fighting for her life in Australia

A CHORLEY woman, who is fighting for her life after a quad bike crash in Australia is set to return to England.

Holly Raper, 23, of Whittle-le-Woods has been in hospital since an accident in Tasmania in December.

Now, with the help of the Tasmanian Workers Compensation Scheme, she is returning home.

Ann Harrison, who is a family friend, said: “This is very good news as she had a scan on Monday and the doctors have told the family that she is in a stable condition and fit enough to travel back to England.

“She will leave for mainland Australia on Thursday probably to Melbourne and then she has an overnight stay in Taiwan.

“They get to Heathrow and she will travel up to the Royal Preston Hospital in an ambulance.

“She has been through a poorly patch recently and is still in a coma but the doctors say she can go.

“I think there is still a long way to go before she can come out of hospital

“The doctors were very vague when she went into hospital and they did not expect her to see the first night out.

“But two or three months on , she could be coming home which is great.

“We have to respect the privacy of the family in the early days.

“It will be easier to support the family when they are in the country.”

Ann added that the move had been talked about for a while.

She said: “Holly’s dad Chris was back in England a few weeks ago.

“He met with the neurology department to discuss bringing her back.

“One of the other positives is that the consultant at Preston has been in touch with the consultant in Australia so they know what is happening.”

Since the incident, local friends and family have set up a fund to support her.

Now, the site has managed to raise more than £16,000.

Ann said there have been a number of events recently and others arranged by the Cavendish Arms in Brindle.

She added: “The support of everyone locally has been great for the family.”

n If you want to donate to the appeal visit the website: www/charitygiving.co.uk/helphollyhome