Brekky Wrap: Aussie Artist Has Both Legs Amputated In Freak NYC Accident
All the news you need to know this Monday morning.
A young Australian artist has lost both her legs during a freak accident in a New York City subway.
Visaya Hoffie, 23, is lucky to be alive and has her bright pink top to thank for her survival.
The up-and-coming artist from Brisbane fell onto the tracks at 14th Street Station about 4 am on January 11.
She suffered head injuries, fractured vertebrae, and a "sheared" vertebral artery. Both her lower legs were amputated.
Her mother Pat Hoffie shared a photo of her daughter which was taken just hours before the accident, noting that the pink shirt contributed to her survival.
“The bright pink colour of her top is what alerted the engine driver of the second train to the fact that someone was lying across the track,” she wrote.
“When the first train had rolled across her unconscious body twenty minutes earlier, her black puffy jacket and black jeans had made her invisible to the driver.”
It is understood Hoffie has undergone multiple operations but no longer requires breathing support and was eating and talking.
A Sydney driver allegedly ran a red light before his car hit a tram in the eastern suburbs and derailed it, causing traffic headaches for Australia Day revellers.
South Dowling St at Surry Hills was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes following Sunday's accident, which occurred just before 5 pm.
Police said the 37-year-old hatchback driver will be given notice to attend court for failing to stop at a red light.
The Paddington motorist and his wife escaped injury in the collision, although their car was badly damaged.
The tram driver and seven passengers were also unharmed.
NSW Police are on the hunt for a convicted sex offender who has gone missing in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Police issued an appeal on Sunday to help track down 56-year-old Sean Broaders, who was last seen on Easy Street at Randwick just before 8 pm on Saturday.
Broaders has extensive previous convictions for sex offences, and in 2007 absconded from a secure psychiatric hospital in Melbourne.
He was found six days later in Adelaide after having shaved off his beard.
Police said Broaders requires regular medication. They described him as thin and bald, with a grey-and-white beard.
A flurry of good intentions could cause more trouble than good.
Canadian volunteers are sending six airplanes full of handmade goods and medical supplies to help the animals injured in Australia's bushfires, The BBC reports.
Canadian Brianna MacDonald, who is based in Sydney, has become part of an effort called the Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Guild to send baskets, jackets and pouches for injured or orphaned animals.
They have collected about 5,000 soft goods and another 2,000 medical supplies, weighing almost 500 kilograms.
However, the good intentions have sparked concern from Australian officials who say they are "overwhelmed" with donations.
"Unfortunately, what usually happens is local communities become overwhelmed very quickly with donated goods," NSW emergency official Jeremy Hillman told the ABC.
One Australian group has also asked international supplies to stop being sent altogether.
"THANK YOU for your support, solidarity, kind words & thoughts, and crafted items so far. We ask you, PLEASE do not send any more items to Australia," the Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild, which also works with the Animal Rescue Cooperative.
At least 46 people have died and more than 25,000 have been displaced in Brazil due to widespread flooding following storms and heavy rains that have swept across the southeast of the country.
Most of the casualties were located in the state of Minas Gerais, including the capital Belo Horizonte, which experienced its heaviest rainfall over a 24-hour period leading to Friday since records began 110 years ago, local O Globo newspaper reported.
Local authorities in Minas Gerais said 37 people had died, while more than 17,000 were displaced or evacuated from their homes. A further 25 people were missing.
In the coastal state of Espirito Santo, nine people died, more than 8,000 were displaced or evacuated, and three people were missing..
The lethal flooding comes exactly a year after the rain-triggered collapse of a tailings dam in the town of Brumadinho, also in Minas Gerais state, that killed more than 250 people in one of the world’s worst mining disasters.
The Matildas' Olympic qualifiers have been moved to Sydney from China due to fears over the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Asian Football Confederation made the decision to move the games -- between China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Australia -- from Nanjing after the Chinese Football Association withdrew as host.
The matches were originally scheduled to be played in Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly virus.
“FFA is happy and willing to organise this Olympic Qualification Tournament, and we look forward to hosting the women’s senior national teams from China PR, Thailand and Chinese Taipei in February,” FFA chief executive Chris Nikou said in a statement.
“The safety of all players, officials and fans is of paramount importance to Football Federation Australia and the Asian Football Confederation, and we are confident we will host a successful tournament here in Sydney."
The stadium that will host the match is yet to be named.