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British Commonwealth Games medallist Stephanie Inglis fighting for life after motorbike accident in Vietnam

Mirror Mirror 13/05/2016 By Paul English
Stephanie Inglis' GoFundMe page. © Gofundme/Mirror Stephanie Inglis' GoFundMe page.

A British Commonwealth Games medallist is fighting for her life after a freak motorcycle accident in Vietnam.

Stephanie Inglis, who won silver for judo in 2014, is believed to have suffered severe brain injuries in the horrific incident on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was dragged off the motorbike after her dress got caught in the wheel, the Daily Record reported .

The tragedy emerged after a Gofundme page was set up to help pay for the Inverness athlete’s medical costs, amid concerns over insurance cover for her treatment in the far east.

Last night the fundraising drive, which was set up by Scottish men’s judo player Khalid Gehlan from Edinburgh, had already raised £15,000.

Her parents are believed to be by her bedside as she fights for her life.

Gehlan wrote: “Stephanie Inglis, Scotland’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth silver medallist in Judo, is currently in intensive care in a Hospital somewhere in Vietnam receiving medical care.

“Less than 48 hours ago Stephanie was being taxied on a motor bike to a school in Vietnam where she has been teaching English to underprivileged children for the last four months. “Somewhere along this journey her dress was caught in the wheel and she was dragged off from her seat at high speeds and received severe injuries to her brain.

“Stephanie’s parents have had to fight the doctors from turning off the life support machine, they have been told she has little chance to survive and a long recovery on the other side. “Little chance is better than no chance and other people have pulled through from far worse odds. If anyone can pull through this its Stephanie.

“She has been a fighter her whole life, following in her fathers footsteps and becoming an international athlete, competing for Great Britain all over the world, beating adversity, competing and winning a Silver medal in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, fighting for her country and her dreams. Now she is fighting for her life.”

The fund-raising page suggests Stephanie’s medical care costs £2000 per day.

It reads: “Picture a person you love dearly in her shoes and you will only be touching the very tip of the iceberg with what her family are feeling right now.

“For all those that have had the privilege and pleasure of being in Stephanie’s company you will know what a positive, kind hearted and caring person she is. And for all those that haven’t, just know that if you stole her last penny, she would smile at you and wish you all the best.

“Help her and her family, its sad that saving a persons life is about how much money you have, but it seems that is the world we are in. Even if you cant donate send your thoughts out to her and her family and pass this message on to people you know.”

Last night former British boxing champ Alex Arthur Tweeted: “Actually devastated and felt sick when I heard tonight about @stephinglisjudo I was talking to her on Monday. One of the nicest girls."

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