Updated: Young mother remains in vegetative state, two years after traffic accident

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A young mother who was injured in a traffic accident two years ago is still in a vegetative state, a court was told today.

Angie Bajada, who was 20 when the accident happened on the 17th May 2010, was thrown off a motorcycle and injured her head against the pavement  in Council of Europe Road, Luqa.

She was riding pillion on a motorcycle, just seven months after giving birth to a baby daughter. It was one of her first outings and she had been offered a ride by a man she barely knew.

The driver, Joseph Farrugia, is facing charges of negligent driving.

The police said at the time that the motorcycle crashed into a centre strip.

The driver, a 34-year-old man from Pembroke, suffered serious injuries while the pillion rider suffered life-threatening injuries.

Nurologist Josianne Aquilina, who gave evidence in court today, said that Ms Bajada spent seven weeks in ITU after she suffered haemorrhage in the brain. A hole had to be drilled to relieve the pressure on the brain.

During the recovery process she went through 'a sleep wave cycle' but has never been able to communicate. She also suffers epileptic fits and remains in a vegetative state at home. 

Dr Aquilina said she did not expect a recovery.


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