Scots judo star injured in Vietnam crash

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Stacey Inglis

A Scottish Commonwealth Games judo star is in a coma and fighting for her life after a motorbike accident in Vietnam.

Stephanie Inglis, 27, who won silver at the 2014 Glasgow games, suffered severe head injuries when her skirt caught in a wheel, and pulled her off the bike.

The incident happened on Tuesday in Ha Long, north east Vietnam, where she had gone to teach English for six months.

A campaign has been launched to help pay for medical costs, after her travel insurer said she was not covered.

She has been transferred to hospital in Hanoi, but doctors have warned that she has sustained severe brain injuries, her sister Stacey said.

Her parents, who live in Inverness, have flown to Vietnam, and have been with her at the hospital, she said.

‘Amazing sister’

“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.”

The 25-year-old, who went to visit her sister in Vietnam last month, added: “She’s an amazing person, and amazing big sister, and she was absolutely loving it out there.

“At the moment we’re sitting tight and keeping our fingers crossed.”

Family friend Khalid Ghelan, from Edinburgh, has started an online fundraising page to help the family with medical costs running into thousands of pounds. More than £20,000 was donated within four hours of the page being set up.

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Stacey Inglis

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Stephanie Inglis had gone to Vietnam to teach English

“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,” he said.

“If anyone can pull through this it’s Stephanie.”

Ms Inglis won silver competing for Scotland in the women’s 57kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and has also won medals at tournaments all over the world.

The UK 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.”

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