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I'm sure I will get back daughter I remember; Backpacker takes steps to recovery.

Byline: HELEN HUNT @helen_echo

A BACKPACKER left paralysed by a brain haemorrhage on a dream holiday has amazed doctors by talking her first steps.

Philippa Patino, 22, from Dingle, saved up to backpack around Australia after university, but just six weeks into her journey she was suddenly struck down.

After spending 10 days in intensive care where doctors said it was "touch and go" as to whether she would live, she was moved to a rehabilitation ward where she has been working to regain full speech and movement.

Mum Donna took a photograph of her taking her first steps during a physiotherapy session.

She said: "I'm so happy at how well it is going.

"Philippa is making good progress and has started to walk on her own now, albeit under supervision but still it is a huge step forward.

"Doctors are pleased with her progress but they cannot give me any sort of time scale on her recovery at the moment. And they don't really know what actually caused it to happen either. They've said her recovery will depend for the most part on how she deals with it all.

"But I'm confident that she will get back to the person she was - she is a very determined young lady who has never let anything stand in her way."

Donna's friends and family rallied round after hearing Philippa was ill 12,000 miles away and raised the cash to put her on the next flight to Australia.

They are continuing to raise funds for the family so Donna can remain close to Philippa as she recovers.

A fundraising evening will be held on May 24 at Osqa's, off Renshaw Street in the city centre.

. ? Anyone who can offer help or entertainment can email karenhughes09@hotmail.co.uk.

Donations to donna australia 13 @gmail.com

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ROAD TO RECOVERY: Donna Patino with daughter Phillipa who is recovering in hospital in Australia

WALKING TALL: Philippa takes her first steps
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:May 1, 2013
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