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  • 13 January 2014, 15:50

Stag Attack: Kate Stone Regaining Consciousness

A Cambridge academic seriously injured after being gored by a stag is regaining consciousness and communicating with her family and doctors.

Dr Kate Stone was injured by the animal near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands on December 30.

The animal ran towards her while she was standing with a group of friends outside a private residence in Lochailort.

The 44-year-old, from Cambridge, had been on a short break in the Highlands, staying at the Mo-Dhachaidh B&B.

Dr Stone was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Fort William's Belford Hospital.

She was then transferred to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, where she was placed in an induced coma a day later to repair damage to her windpipe.

Doctors took her off sedation on Tuesday after a second successful operation on her windpipe and made the decision to move her out of intensive care.

A statement released by a colleague at Dr Stone's print firm Novalia said "all signs point to a steady recovery".

They said: "Following a successful second operation on Kate's trachea, doctors made the decision to take Kate off sedation late Tuesday afternoon.

"Over the past couple of days, Kate has slowly been regaining consciousness and becoming more active in terms of communicating with doctors and her family. She has been taken out of the intensive care unit and moved to high dependency."

Gary Burton, owner of the B&B where Dr Stone was staying, said in the aftermath of the incident: "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.

"It's very bizarre and very horrific."

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

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