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"Hello mum" - recovering Angel speaks

Tue 24 Jun 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

Anahera Rangitaawa is known to friends as Angel Anahera “Angel” Rangitaawa is “on the up and up” her delighted mum says, after her daughter spoke to her for the first time since she was hospitalised with severe injuries she sustained on a Palmerston North street. The 33-year-old’s mother Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa says her daughter is “starting to wake up, of a sorts” as she is coming off sedation medication, and spoke last night. “I said to Anahera ‘hello my love it’s mum here’ … she moved her head opened her eyes and said in a very slow ruffled deep voice ‘hello mum’ … I burst into tears … I’m so happy I’m bursting!! She knew who I was!” Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa says. “I know it’s all the love you are sending her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she says in a message to all those who have been sending positive vibes and love. Among Angel Rangitaawa’s injuries are bleeding and swelling of the brain, multiple skull and face fractures, broken eye sockets and a broken shoulder blade. The police investigation into how the 33-year-old transgender woman was so horrifically injured on a Palmerston North street continues. Police have conducted a scene examination where she was found, near the Copthorne Hotel, and are speaking to local business owners and reviewing CCTV footage.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 24th June 2014 - 9:56am

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