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An Aussie mother who spent one month in an induced coma after being smashed off her scooter in a horror hit and run in Bali has woken up.

The 36-year-old has spent weeks heavily sedated on a ventilator in the ICU ward at the Alfred hospital in Melbourne, before finally waking up from her induced coma on Sunday. 

Peta Richards, her husband Matt and their boys Sonny, 4, and Alfie, 3, were holidaying in Bali on April 1 when the nurse was thrown from her bike by another rider after she stepped out to buy her three-year-old ‘one more birthday present’.

Peta Richards (pictured in hospital) was on a holiday in Bali with her family when she was hit by another motorbike rider while stepping out to buy her three-year-old son 'one more birthday present'

Peta Richards (pictured in hospital) was on a holiday in Bali with her family when she was hit by another motorbike rider while stepping out to buy her three-year-old son 'one more birthday present'

Peta Richards (pictured in hospital) was on a holiday in Bali with her family when she was hit by another motorbike rider while stepping out to buy her three-year-old son ‘one more birthday present’

Peta Richards (right), her husband Matt (left) and two young sons had been holidaying in the tropical paradise when tragedy struck

Peta Richards (right), her husband Matt (left) and two young sons had been holidaying in the tropical paradise when tragedy struck

Peta Richards (right), her husband Matt (left) and two young sons had been holidaying in the tropical paradise when tragedy struck

Peta was rushed to a local hospital with severe head injuries, including bleeding on the brain, a fractured skull and extensive brain swelling.

She was in a critical condition in an induced coma after doctors at the International Hospital in Kuta performed life-saving surgery by removing part of her skull to relieve pressure on her brain.

Peta’s husband Matt, worked tirelessly to coordinate his wife’s transfer to Melbourne hospital and was flown back on a medical evacuation flight 10 days after the accident.

Her close friend Rachel Berben shared the hopeful news to the GoFundMe account set up to help financially support Peta and her family.

‘She has been transferred from ICU to a ward. She is currently awake and making small steps day by day,’ Ms Berben wrote.

‘She will require some further surgeries in the coming weeks.

‘From here she will then progress onto intensive neuro rehabilitation to begin her journey forward.’

Ms Peta's required major surgery and had a piece of her skull removed to take pressure off her brain. Surgeons performed the live-saving operation at the International Hospital in Kuta

Ms Peta's required major surgery and had a piece of her skull removed to take pressure off her brain. Surgeons performed the live-saving operation at the International Hospital in Kuta

Ms Peta’s required major surgery and had a piece of her skull removed to take pressure off her brain. Surgeons performed the live-saving operation at the International Hospital in Kuta

The mother-of-two faces a lengthy road to recovery with friends and family asking those following Peta’s journey to keep her in their ‘prayers and thoughts’.  

Peta and her family had been waiting more than two years to go on a trip away together with the beloved mother working on the frontline throughout the pandemic. 

They had landed in Bali at the end of February and were five weeks into the trip before she decided she would head out on a short trip to get another present for Alfie, when the experienced motorcyclist became the victim of a hit and run.

Ms Berben said the accident was a matter of being at ‘the wrong place at the wrong time’

‘She has her motorbike licence, she has her international licence, she has travel insurance, she wore a helmet,’ Ms Berben said.

‘She was doing everything right.’

Pictured, Ms Richards medical evacuation flight

Pictured, Ms Richards medical evacuation flight

Pictured, Ms Richards on the flight to Australia

Pictured, Ms Richards on the flight to Australia

Peta’s husband Matt, worked tirelessly to coordinate his wife’s transfer to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Ms Richard’s was flown back on a medical evacuation flight (pictured) 10 days after the accident

Husband Matt has been by her side the entire time, ensuring Peta was safely moved among Balinese hospitals, arranging flights home all while looking after their young children.

‘He is absolutely inhuman. What he’s done is beyond the capacity of one person,’ friend Ms Berben told Daily Mail Australia.

Her husband Matt, mother and sister have been constantly at her side while sharing the responsibilities of looking after Sonny and Alfie.  

‘Never in a million years would you think that popping out on a 7-minute trip to buy your 3-year-old son ‘one more birthday present’ would completely change the entire course of your life,’ Ms Berben said. 

‘It’s completely horrific that in that split section their life was flipped upside down.

‘Just knowing she’s never going to have the life she’s had before potentially, it’s going to be a long road to get back to something like that with her boys.’

Rachel said Sonny and Alfie aren’t ‘fully aware’ of what is going on with their mum.

‘It’s so hard to tell a three and four-year-old what’s happened, they just think she’s sick. It’s just devastating.’ 

The GoFundMe account has seen more than 1,500 donations totalling $141,118 and received one donation of $10,000 from a complete stranger. 

The family were shocked by the outpouring of support she’s received so quickly.

‘They are completely overwhelmed and appreciative of everyone’s supportive messages, outreach and donations, so thank you all so much,’ Rachel posted to the page.

A GoFundMe account has been made to help pay for Peta's medical costs - which has seen more than 1,000 donations totalling $141,118,000 (pictured, Ms Richards with her family)

A GoFundMe account has been made to help pay for Peta's medical costs - which has seen more than 1,000 donations totalling $141,118,000 (pictured, Ms Richards with her family)

A GoFundMe account has been made to help pay for Peta’s medical costs – which has seen more than 1,000 donations totalling $141,118,000 (pictured, Ms Richards with her family)

Source: DailyMail

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