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  • 1 January 2014, 23:17

Stag Attack: Academic Kate Stone 'Critical'

A woman who was seriously injured when she was gored by a stag remains in a critical condition in hospital, according to a colleague.

Dr Kate Stone, 44, was injured by the animal near Fort William in the Highlands in the early hours of Monday, December 30.

She was treated by paramedics before being taken to Fort William's Belford hospital, and later transferred by air to the Southern General in Glasgow.

A statement released by a colleague at Dr Stone's print firm Novalia confirms she is in a critical but stable condition, and "doctors expect to operate in the next few days to repair damage to her trachea".

It continued: "Her sister and friends are with her and have received messages of support from her many friends around the world.

"Our love and support goes to Kate and we wish her all the best for the speediest possible recovery."

Dr Stone was standing with a group of friends outside a private residence in Lochailort when the incident happened.

She had been on a short break in the Highlands, staying at the Mo-Dhachaidh B&B in Lochailort.

The Press and Journal newspaper reported that the animal appeared to single out Dr Stone, who at 6ft was the tallest of the group.

Her friends had initially thought she had just been knocked over in the attack.

Dr Stone studied at Cambridge for a PhD in physics and microelectronics and is now a research engineer at the university's institute of manufacturing.

Gary Burton, who owns the B&B where Dr Stone was staying, said: "I think what happened was that the stag panicked. It was trapped in a fenced garden having got through a gate.

"I don't think there was anywhere else to go and it charged out of the gate.

"This is a one-in-a-million event which has shocked the whole community. We are at one with nature in Lochailort, and we have deer all around us.

"We are all hoping and praying that Kate pulls through."

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