EXCLUSIVE: A YOUNG woman left critically ill in hospital with a head injury after she fell out the rear emergency exit of a school bus in east Belfast has started to rouse from her coma.
Belfast Daily understands that the 22-year-old female had been in a coma for over two weeks following the tragic accident last month.
Now sources says the victim, who is being treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, is starting to show “small signs” of recovery.
The incident happened in the Loopland Road area, off the Cregagh Road, on Tuesday October 31, at around 8.30 am.
She was later rushed to the RVH in west Belfast after receiving a suspected fractured skull in the fall.
The PSNI and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating and the police later appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
HSE investigators were looking to see if there was any fault to the emergency door exit which rendered it to remain unlocked.
Sources told the Belfast Daily that prayers have been offered up at mass at a number of Catholic Churches in the city for her to make a recovery.
Said one source: “She suffered a terrible knock to the head which rendered her unconscious.
“Her family have been at her side in the intensive care unit these past few weeks and prayers have been offered up for her at mass.
“Within the past few days she has started to come round a wee bit and the family think she can hear them talking to her.
“They have asked that people continue to pray for her in the hope that it will speed up her recovery.
“She is by no means out of the woods yet. But she is making small steps towards recovery and everybody who knows her and her family are praying for her.”