Elderly bashing victim critical
THE elderly Rockhampton woman severely bashed by an attacker in her yard on Australia Day was clinging to life yesterday afternoon.
She remained in a critical condition on life support in the intensive care ward at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, with members of her distraught family maintaining a vigil at her side.
Late last week the woman’s grand-daughter said she feared the family faced making a heart-breaking decision, with the advice of medical experts, on whether to switch off the machines that were helping the 82-year-old to survive.
It was expected that the decision might have had to be taken yesterday.
The family had been warned that the frail victim had sustained significant brain damage during the bashing and was unlikely to recover from her horrific injuries.
The old lady, described lovingly as tough as a rusty nail, suffered severe head injuries in the attack at her house in George Street that has caused outrage throughout the city and much further afield.
A teenager, 18, was arrested after a police manhunt and charged with a number of offences including attempted murder.
He is also accused of two counts of rape, theft and entering a premises. He was remanded in custody.
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