Scottish sports star in coma after traffic accident in Vietnam

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Stephanie Inglis (L) with her silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AFP Stephanie Inglis (L) with her silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AFP


A Scottish Commonwealth Games judo medalist is now in critical condition after a motorbike accident in Vietnam last week.
Stephanie Inglis, 27, was taking a xe om motorbike taxi to an English language center in Ha Long in the northern province of Quang Ninh on May 10 when her ao dai was caught in the wheel, making her fall onto the street. 
Inglis was rushed to the province's General Hospital, where doctors said she has a serious brain injury.
Trinh Van Manh, director of the hospital, said its doctors and two other doctors from Viet Duc, the leading hospital in Hanoi, who went to Ha Long on May 10 to treat Inglis, tried their best.
Scottish judoka Khalid Gehlan has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the athlete’s medical costs, amid concerns over insurance cover for her treatment.
Stephanie Inglis and Vietnamese children. Photo credit: Inglis Facebook
Inglis was taken to L’Hôpital Français de Hanoi in the capital city on May 12 for continued treatment.
Her parents have flown to Vietnam and are at her bedside as she fights for her life.
Inglis has taught English to Vietnamese children for four months under a charity program.
Gehlan said Stephanie’s parents have had to fight the doctors from turning off the life support machine after they were told she has little chance to survive.
The fundraising drive has already raised £30,000 by Friday.
According to official statistics, on average, traffic accidents kill 24 people daily in Vietnam. The country now has 45 million motorbikes and nearly 2.75 million cars.

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