Collier Row’s sleeping Beauty Aisha wakes up from coma

A Collier Row family have had their prayers answered after their daughter who was involved in a road traffic accident woke up from a coma.

Little Aisha Abdurahim from Highfield Road, Collier Row came out of the medically induced coma on Saturday July 21 and is recovering at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Aisha’s mum Kelly Whelband said: “We are happy that she has woken up but she still has a long way to go.

“We were not sure that she was going to make it, so we feel now that we have got her back.”

Last week the Recorder reported that horrified parents and children were left in shock after the accident near Clockhouse Primary School in Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row.

Doctors were forced to put Aisha in a medically induced coma in an attempt to reduce swelling on her brain.

Kelly, who kept a vigil at her bedside said that Aisha spent most of her first day out of the coma fitting and suffering from withdrawl symptoms from the drugs.

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She said: “We were happy that she was out of the coma but it was hard seeing her fitting.

“She wouldn’t let the doctors near her, but on Sunday she was much better and was smiling and on Wednesday (today) she started saying mummy and daddy.”

She added: “She is nowhere near the chatterbox that she used to be, but we can sing to her and she can move her hands.”

Aisha, who has been nicknamed Sleeping Beauty has started undergoing physiotherapy to help her to walk again.

She is still being fed through a tube and doctors say that it could take between six months to a year before she is fully recovered.

Kelly said: “She is a real little fighter.

“Her dad asked her where her muscles were and she pointed to her head, she is just made of steel.”

The mum-of-three has been leading a campaign to raise cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

So far, the family and friends who have been out collecting donations in and around Collier Row have raised �600 and are expected to raise another �500 by the weekend.

Kelly said: “They have saved Aisha’s life and I can never repay them.”

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