Stag attack victim Kate Stone able to eat again: 'I feel like I've climbed a massive mountain'

The 44-year-old had to be fed through a naso-gastric tube after her throat was impaled by the stag's antler in the attack in the Highlands last year

A woman who was seriously injured in a freak attack by a stag in the Highlands has spoken about her ongoing and remarkable recovery.

Dr Kate Stone, a scientist from Cambridge, was gored by the animal near Fort William in what was described as a “one-in-a-million” incident on 30 December last year.

The 44-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow with “life-threatening” injuries to her neck and spine caused by the stag’s antlers.

But nearly four months and three operations later, Dr Stone is now able to eat solid food again, the BBC reported.

“This staggering journey is now almost over and I've finally eaten beans which I've craved for months,” she told the broadcaster, following the removal of tubes in her nose and throat.

The attack happened when Dr Stone and a group of friends were standing outside a private residence in Lochailort during a short break in the Highlands.

A passing stag panicked and charged at Dr Stone, impaling her throat with one of its antlers. Her trachea and oesophagus were both pierced. Her vocal chords were also damaged and her neck fractured.

She was treated at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where she was put into an induced coma and underwent two operations.

She had a further operation last month and, despite complications, doctors were eventually able to remove the naso-gastric tube providing her with nutrients, allowing Dr Stone to begin to eat on her own again.

“I had two bowls of tomato soup, cauliflower curry and a mousse,” she told the BBC.

“It took me about two hours to consume this, but I've waited three-and-a-half months for it to arrive and it was simply joyous.”

Dr Stone, who still has to attend outpatient appointments at hospital in Glasgow, said it is taking time to “learn” to eat normally again, but that she feels as though she has “climbed a massive mountain”.

"So many times I thought I was near the top and I wasn't. Often I felt the end would never come and there were challenges along the way I can't believe I overcame,” she told the BBC.

“Well, I never gave up, and I'm at the summit. There is still as much of a journey home, but it's an easy walk downhill.”

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Hire Manager - Tool Hire

£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent