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Judo star Stephanie Inglis is returning home to Scotland

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A judo star who is recovering from a coma following a motorbike accident in Vietnam is on her way home to Scotland.

A spokeswoman for Stephanie Inglis' family, who are from Daviot, near Inverness, said they were en-route for Edinburgh.

It is not yet clear which hospital Stephanie, who lives in Dunfermline, will be treated in.

Doctors in Vietnam initially gave the star a 1% chance of survival following the accident in Ha Long.

A post on the the Save Steph Facebook page said: "This is a difficult Journey which will stop in India, Georgia and Austria and then it's final stage Stephanie Inglis against all the odds will be home."

'Amazing smile'

The post revealed that the Commonwealth Games silver medallist smiled for the first time since waking from the coma, during a physio session.

It said: "She is in so much discomfort and fighting against all the odds to improve herself when the medical team asked her if she could hold up two fingers, Stephanie did, and then she smiled a small but amazing smile.

"The doctor was so surprised he started to bow and laugh, because not only did it show that Stephanie understood this instruction it also showed after all that's happened to her she still had the humour and friendly personality that everyone respects and loves."

The post added: "Stephanie still has so much work and hard times ahead of her, and there will be dark and hard days when she comes to understand fully what has happened, but she now has so many people she knows will be there for her.

"I'm certain it will add light to what will be a slow and hard journey ahead, but with people to carry her when times are tough, no one can ask for more."

Stephanie had been in Vietnam for about four months, teaching underprivileged children, when she suffered serious head injuries in the motorcycle accident.

Her skirt is believed to have become unravelled and caught in the wheel.

Friends set up a crowdfunding campaign to pay for her medical costs after it emerged her travel insurance was not valid because she had been in the country more than 31 days.

More than 7,000 people have contributed, raising more than £300,000.

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