Teenager Olivia squeezes mum’s hand after being taken out of her coma

Olivia Bowers
Olivia Bowers

THE mother of a 13-year-old girl who was put into a medically induced coma after a near fatal road accident has spoken of the moment when her daughter opened her eyes.

Margaret Bowers’ daughter Olivia was put into a coma by her doctors at John Radcliffe Hospital after she suffered critical head injuries at the end of last month.

Margaret told the Citizen how the brave teen squeezed her hand after her friends from Stantonbury Campus School played her a special tape they had made for her.

She said: “Her friends from school have been in here and they played her a tape of things they had been doing at school and she was opening her eyes to them, she recognises voices a lot more and you could tell she was listening.

“I asked her to squeeze my hand if she could hear me and she squeezed back.

She is now hoping that by next week Olivia could be moved from the Critical Care Unit to the High Dependency ward.

Olivia had been crossing the road on Saxon Street close to the ‘magic roundabout’ on Thursday, September 20, when the accident occurred causing critical head injuries.

She was put in a medically-induced coma at John Radcliffe Hospital while her family maintained a bedside vigil.

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