Singaporean woman injured in road accident in Perth regains consciousness

Miss Heidi Ang in Perth before the accident occurred.
Miss Heidi Ang in Perth before the accident occurred.PHOTO: WILMER ANG

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean woman who was injured in a road trip in Perth has regained consciousness, after being in an induced coma for nearly a week.

Ms Heidi Ang, 24, who was travelling with two friends, was behind the wheel when another car allegedly crashed into her rented Toyota Corolla hatchback last Friday (June 26). The three friends were in the Margaret River region in Western Australia.

The accident left Ms Ang, an account engineer, with three broken ribs and a brain injury. The two passengers - Ms Huang Huifang, 24, travel consultant, and Mr Lim Zi Jie, 26, an undergraduate - suffered minor injuries.

She was taken to the Royal Perth Hospital in a rescue helicopter, and had been in a medically induced coma.

Her brother, 27-year-old Wilmer Ang, told The Straits Times on Thursday: "She's slowly regaining consciousness and responding to my parents and the doctors, so that's great improvement.

"We were told that hopefully next week, she will be in a condition to fly back to Singapore."

Mr Ang, a research analyst, remained in Singapore, while his parents flew to Perth last Saturday. He believes that it was his sister's first time driving overseas.

"Obviously after this incident, we will discourage her from driving overseas. She probably wouldn't want to do it too."