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Novalia owner Dr Kate Stone moved out of high dependency unit following 'freak' attack by stag

Novalia owner Dr Kate Stone has been moved out of a high dependency unit and into a general ward after a horrific attack by a stag while on holiday near Fort William at Christmas.

Dr Stone, who in December took part in The Drum’s 4 Minute Warning event, was seriously injured in the ‘freak’ attack with injuries to the throat, chest and spine. She underwent surgery at the Southern General hospital in Glasgow to repair her windpipe after being airlifted to the facility.

Earlier this month, Dr Stone, 44, regained consciousness after having been in a medically induced coma. This week, a spokeswoman for her interactive print company, Novalia, told The Drum that Dr Stone is continuing to improve.

“Kate still remains in Southern General hospital and is progressing daily with her recovery,” she said. “She has been moved out of high dependency and is now in a regular ward where she is continuing to receive care from doctors and nurses.

“Kate is now in a realistic state of mind since coming out of her medically induced coma and is able to speak to her family and nurses as well as walk short distances.

“She will continue with her physiotherapy and hopefully continue to improve with each passing day.”

Dr Stone was attacked by the stag as she and a group of friends returned to their accommodation while on holiday near Fort William just after Christmas.

Musician Jim Hunter, who witnessed the accident, said the stag charged at her when she went through the gate.

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

Dr Stone’s Novalia company looks at “making anything that’s printed interactive” and she spoke at The Drum’s 4 Minute Warning event in December about the effects of digital disruption.