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Girl leaves hospital after being in coma for over 14 months

A seven-year-old girl who suffered a severe brain injury she received when she tried to shield her mother from a steel shovel wielded by a mentally ill man was discharged from hospital yesterday after being in a deep coma for over 14 months.

Wang Yan will need rehabilitation training in the next one to two years, doctors said. “She is likely to be able to take care of herself alone if the rehab goes well,’’ said Dr Tang Zhensheng, Wang’s chief doctor.

But he cautioned that it’s ‘‘impossible for Wang to return to the state of a normal person. If the rehab goes well, she can manage her life. But her IQ will be lower than that before the attack.’’

Accompanied by her brother, Wang was discharged from the Shanghai Blue Cross Brain Hospital yesterday morning. At a press conference, Wang’s brother bowed to thank all the warm-hearted and caring people who have donated more than 500,000 yuan (US$81,712) to help his sister.

Wang’s mother died at the scene of the attack in Zhangli Village in Anhui Province on April 21 last year. Wang suffered a broken skull and injury to her brain stem. The attack left her in a deep coma. She was only able to breathe on her own after 10 days of treatment.

When Anhui doctors told her family that she would not wake up from the coma, her brother and father decided to take her to Shanghai which has more advanced medical capabilities.

But the family was able to bring only 9,000 yuan (US$1,471) to Shanghai since the family was almost broke from paying for her father’s cancer treatment. She was admitted to Shanghai Blue Cross Brain Hospital on June 3, 2012, where she stayed for 476 days.

At the hospital, Wang underwent two surgeries to extract water from her brain in order to release pressure on it.

On June 15 this year, Wang showed signs of reaction, smiling when a nurse kissed her on the head and turned on the television. She is now able to move her fingers and feet, blink her eyes and feel pain. She is also able to drink by herself. Her weight has also increased from 30 kilograms to more than 40 kilograms.


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