Amid sombre mood, family of comatose marathon runner remains hopeful

By Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin

SUNGAI BULOH, Feb 23 ― Family members of marathon runner Evelyn Ang are still hopeful for a miracle and will keep her on life support even after the 44-year-old’s condition took a dip this morning.

A close family member who wished to remain anonymous said the entire family was still hopeful that her condition will improve.

“We are all praying hard and hoping for a miracle. Yes, she is in a critical condition but she still has a chance.

“The family has never considered taking her off life support as we believe she can pull through,” said the relative.

The family member said doctors had informed them they had detected signs of Evelyn being brain dead on Friday morning.

“We got the news but the reality of it is we are still hoping she can get better.

“We are praying hard for her, and we ask for all her family and friends to pray for her,” said the family member.

A crowd of about 20 family members and friends, as well as fellow runners were seen at the neurosurgery ward in Sungai Buloh Hospital this evening.  

Visitors were advised to enter the ward and to Evelyn’s bedside in pairs, so as not to crowd the room.

Ang was knocked down in a case of hit-and-run while participating in the Klang City International Marathon in December last year.

She suffered a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage following the impact.

She and two other runners were hit, with the other victims only sustaining minor injuries.