Mum's 'little angel' wakes from crash coma
TOOWOOMBA mother Tracy Ingleton wept as she kissed her unconscious daughter before the critically injured teenager was whisked away to a Brisbane hospital.
Ms Ingleton yesterday recalled the shock of learning her daughter Breeanna Suey had been injured in a serious car crash and the horror of seeing her comatose on a hospital bed.
The last words Ms Ingleton had spoken to the 18-year-old were to tell her she looked beautiful as she headed out the door of their family home to work.
The July 18 morning took a disastrous turn just minutes later when Miss Suey was involved in a traffic crash on Tor St near Welcombe Ave in Wilsonton Heights.
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She was less than a kilometre from home, but it was a few hours before Ms Ingleton and her husband Brodrick Suey knew of the incident.
"Her work actually rang to say Breeanna hadn't arrived," Ms Ingleton said.
Efforts were made unsuccessfully to contact her daughter because it was very out of character for the Westpac Bank employee to not go to work.
Ms Ingleton was on a call when she saw an unknown number trying to get through to her.
"It was the police and they said she had been in a serious accident.
"I knew it was serious because they said 'do you want me to come get you'."
Her daughter, the second oldest of Ms Ingleton and Mr Suey's six children, was in an induced coma at Toowoomba Hospital when they arrived.
"We got to see her just before they took her away (in a helicopter).
"It was very, very shocking.
"We got to touch her and cry over her and kiss her.
Miss Suey had a serious brain injury.
"The rest of her body wasn't damaged, it was just her head."
Miss Suey spent the next nine days in an induced coma at the Princess Alexandra Hospital's intensive care unit.
Doctors were waiting for swelling of her brain to subside.
"The intensive care unit (staff) have been amazing."
A major step in Miss Suey's recovery came on Saturday, after doctors decided to wake her up.
Ms Ingelton said there was a risk her daughter would deteriorate quickly upon returning to consciousness.
But there was also a risk she would become seriously ill if she remained longer in the induced coma.
"Whatever the damage was, it wasn't going to improve after 10 days."
Her family was overjoyed when Miss Suey woke up.
Ms Ingleton was not in the room when doctors removed her daughter's breathing apparatus, but she soon heard the words she wanted to hear.
"The doctor said, 'she wants to see you'."
"She said 'I nearly died but God saved me'.
"It was beautiful.
"She was like a little angel."
The journey on which the crash has taken her family has been difficult.
"There were so many emotions.
"I seriously could not have lived without her and I prayed so hard for her to come back to life."
Family and friends have been integral in getting her through.
"Aunties and uncles on both sides of the family have been amazing for support."
Miss Suey's recovery will be lengthy, with the most recent estimation of between six and 12 months of hospitalisation to come.
She faces having to relearn to walk as well as extensive rehabilitation including memory tests.
Facial surgery to repair injuries to her right eye is scheduled for about three-week's time.
"Every day she is looking better.
"She remembers us, which is good.
"She doesn't remember a week prior to the accident.
That included her 18th birthday, which was five days before the crash.
Friends have rallied around the Suey family to raise funds to help them to afford staying by their daughter's side.