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Stephanie Inglis, Commonwealth Games Judo Silver Medalist, In Coma After Vietnam Motorcycle Crash

Inglis suffered serious head injuries and is being treated in intensive care.

13/05/2016 09:16 | Updated 13 May 2016

A Scottish Commonwealth Games medallist is in a coma and fighting for her life after a motorcycle accident in Vietnam.

Judo star Stephanie Inglis who won silver at Glasgow 2014, fell off the bike on Tuesday in Ha Long, north east Vietnam, where she had gone to teach English for six months.

 

The 27-year-old suffered serious head injuries and has been transferred to a hospital in Hanoi.

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Stephanie Inglis suffered serious head injuries and is being treated in intensive care

Inglis' parents, from Inverness, have flown to Vietnam to be at her bedside and were said to be "very distraught". 

Her sister Stacey told BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme that Inglis "is in a very critical state".

"She is in a coma. I don't really know what is going to happen. There has been a lot of bleeding to the brain and swelling.

"She is my big sister. I look up to her so much. I just want her home."

A fundraising campaign has been set up by fellow judo athlete Khalid Gehlan to help pay for her medical costs, with more than £50,000 raised so far.

The GoFundMe page said: "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.

Stephanie Inglis

"Now she is fighting for her life."

Inglis's sister Stacey told the BBC: "Mum and Dad are just distraught - they just want her to be alive and get back here.

"At the minute the hospital is monitoring her, but they've said her whole brain is injured, and it will be a long recovery if she pulls through.

"At the moment we're sitting tight and keeping our fingers crossed."

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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."

Inglis won silver in the women's 57kg event at the Commonwealth Games two years ago.

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