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Novalia owner Dr Kate Stone fighting for life after 'freak' attack by stag

The owner of print and electronics firm Novalia, Dr Kate Stone, is fighting for her life in Glasgow after a “freak” attack by a stag during a holiday near Fort William.

Dr Stone, who last month took part in The Drum’s 4 Minute Warning event, was attacked by the stag on Monday and had to be airlifted to the Southern General hospital in Glasgow, where she was taken into intensive care.

The 44-year-old is said to have been wounded in the throat, chest and spine by the stag’s antlers.

Musician Jim Hunter, who witnessed the accident, told the Daily Mirror that the stag was trapped in a garden and as Dr Stone and her friends went through the gate the stag charged at her.

“The antlers had punched her a couple of times in the face, one in the throat as far as I could see, and one in the chest,” he said.

“It really was just a freakish and unfortunate accident.”

Dr Stone has a PhD in physics from Cambridge and owns Novalia, a company that looks “at making anything that’s printed interactive”.

Her condition has been described as “serious but stable” although it is feared she could be left paralysed by the attack.

Last month, Dr Stone was a speaker at 4 Minute Warning, an event looking at the effects of digital disruption.