23-year-old tourist’s legs amputated after falling on subway tracksJanuary 26, 2020
A 23-year-old tourist tumbled onto the subway tracks in Manhattan and was run over by a train — but miraculously was rescued thanks to her bright pink top, her family said.
Visaya Hoffie, of Brisbane, Australia, required amputation of both of her legs after she tripped and fell onto the tracks earlier this month at a 14th Street subway station, New.com.au reported.
The woman had been visiting a friend when she took the tumble around 4 a.m. Jan. 11 and was run over by all seven cars of an oncoming train, the report said.
But around 20 minutes later when another train pulled into the station, the conductor spotted her bright outfit on the tracks.
“The bright pink color of her top is what alerted the engine driver of the second train to the fact that someone was lying across the track,” her mother, Pat Hoffie, reportedly wrote on Facebook.
Her mother said that local authorities told her that “it was a miracle she survived.”
Visaya, however, suffered numerous injuries including head wounds and fractured vertebrae, the outlet reported. She also was forced to undergo surgery to have both of her legs amputated.
Visaya remains in the hospital, where she is alert and “optimistic” about her recovery, according to her mom.
“Visaya is now off breathing support, and has started to eat,” her mom said. “She is sedated but is optimistic and has already muttered, ‘I’m going to have to deal with this.’ ”
A transit spokesperson confirmed that Visaya was struck in the Jan. 11 accident and suffered head and lower body injuries, according to the report.
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