COMA girl Olivia Bowers has delighted doctors by responding to wellwishers by squeezing her mum’s hand.
The 13-year-old was fighting for her life ten days ago after she was knocked down by a car on her way to Stantonbury Campus.
Doctors at John Radcliffe Hospital put her in a medically induced coma, fearing her brain could be damaged beyond repair.
But this week the determined teenager is already proving them wrong.
She has opened her eyes, responds to people around her and recognise voices.
“Her friends from school have been in here and they played her a tape of things they had been doing at school,” said her mum Margaret.
“She was opening her eyes to them... you could tell she was listening.
“I asked her to squeeze my hand if she could hear me and she squeezed back. It was a wonderful moment.”
Back at Olivia’s Oakridge Park home, friends and neighbours are signing a petition to reduce the speed limit on the road where the accident happened,
Olivia had been crossing Marlborough Street close to the ‘magic roundabout’ on Thursday, yards away from a partially visible zebra crossing.
Now campaigner Rosalyn Dean is pressing for the crossing to be made more visible and for the speed limit to be slashed from 60mph to 30mph.
“If Olivia had been hit by a car travelling at 30mph her injuries would have been nowhere near as bad,” she said.
Rosalyn has placed petitions in shops and pubs and also created a Facebook page called Change the Limits. She is urging people to sign up and support the campaign.
“Olivia was doing what any other young teenager would do – crossing the road and probably not fully concentrating,” she said.
“Hundreds of children walk to school along that road and we need to make it as safe as we can for them.”
Meanwhile the Citizen is striving to make a dream come true for massive Justin Bieber fan Olivia.
We have tweeted the young superstar asking him to send a personal message of support for her – and perhaps even a song or two.