Girl, 10, out of coma

JULIE KAIO
Last updated 13:11 07/02/2014
Samantha Robertson
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Samantha Robertson, pictured at Pukekawa School’s calf club day last year, was hit by a car while riding her bike on January 30. Yesterday she woke from an induced coma.

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The 10-year-old girl knocked off her bike last week in Pukekawa has woken from her coma and is ''doing great'', her mother said this morning. 

Samantha Robertson was struck by a car after riding her bike out of a friend's driveway on Morrison Rd,  Thursday last week. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious head injuries.

Today Samantha's mother Sherry Coulson said her daughter woke yesterday after doctors reduced anaesthetic, and this morning she was able to recall her birthday date.

''When I saw her coming around yesterday, she looked at me and I could see in her eyes she recognised me, she knew who I was.

''She is just a miracle, she even tried to sit up and get out of bed, but she's following the instructions of doctors.''

Mrs Coulson said she had explained to Samantha about the accident but was being careful not to over-stimulate her.

''We are letting her sleep and rest, but she's going to be fine.

''I was so worried she was going to miss out on her school camp in March - she was so looking forward to it - but I reckon there's a 95 per cent chance she's be going.

''I know in my heart she's going to be just fine - she's  already asked about our dog.

''It's been a real rollercoaster but I'm out the other side now, and I'm exhausted with happiness.

''And I'm so overwhelmed and so thankful to everyone who has prayed for Sam and everyone who has thought of her.''

A police spokesperson said investigations by Counties Manukau Police were continuing into the accident and at this stage no charges had been laid against the driver of the vehicle that struck Samantha.

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