Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cyclist Hit by Moped Muggers out of Coma; Medics Are Amazed as Jane Takes First Steps

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cyclist Hit by Moped Muggers out of Coma; Medics Are Amazed as Jane Takes First Steps

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Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS

ONE moment she was cycling through London, the next she was left for dead after being attacked in broad daylight by muggers on mopeds.

Student Jane Gauntlett, 25, suffered such terrible head injuries in the robbery that she was left in a coma for more than a fortnight.

Police feared she might not survive - or be left severely brain-damaged. But now she has started to make a " remarkable" recovery, her mother said today, and amazed doctors by walking again for the first time since the incident.

Talking of her daughter's fight for life, as the attack is reconstructed on BBC's Crimewatch programme tonight, Belinda Gauntlett said she hoped Jane would recover to lead an independent life again.

"My daughter is strong and brave and has started the journey to recovery," she said. "She has received a huge amount of support from her friends and family. We all hope that she will be able to enjoy freedom and independence.

It is every mother's worst nightmare to get a telephone call saying their child is unconscious and critically ill in hospital. …

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