Miracle needed to save Granny

IT’S going to take a miracle for the Rockhampton grandma who was bashed and raped on Australia Day to survive her horrific injuries.

On Monday, the family may have to turn off her life support, after an agonising wait this weekend to see if her condition improves.

A family member yesterday said the woman, 82, had significant brain damage and was unlikely to recover.

“We’re going to need a miracle, but even if she does stay alive she will never be the same person,” the granddaughter said.

The woman’s alleged attacker was caught on Wednesday in Rockhampton's CBD, after a 30-hour police hunt across the city.

An 18-year-old man is accused of trying to kill the woman with a blunt instrument, raping her twice and stealing from her home.

He is charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, two counts of rape, stealing and entering a premises.

However, if the woman died police said these charges would be reassessed.

He faces a possible murder charge.

The man is currently in police custody.

The woman was first treated in Rockhampton Hospital on Tuesday after a neighbour interrupted the attack at about 8.30am.

She was later flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The granddaughter yesterday said she wanted to thank the local hospital staff who worked on her grandmother for five hours straight.

She said she was told some have had to undergo trauma councilling after seeing the woman in that horrific condition.

The granddaughter said this weekend would be a waiting game for the family.

She said her grandmother had been taken off medication and her body was not responding to pain.

“On Monday we will have to make the biggest decision of our lives,” she said.

“If the damage is too far done then there is not much of a chance. Personally I wouldn’t want to wake up from it.

The family has asked the community to keep the woman in their prayers this weekend.

Note: The accused attacker can’t be named at this stage due to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1978 which states that premature identification of a defendant involved in sexual offence is prohibited. This law also applies to witnesses and victims. If committed to stand trial, the accused’s identity can be revealed then.



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