Mum Injured At White Island Wakes From Coma, Learns Family Died In Eruption
An Australian mother injured in the White Island volcano eruption has woken from a coma to learn her husband and daughter died in the disaster.
Lisa Dallow had been unconscious at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital for two months being treated for severe burns.
When she awoke, she was told her 15-year-old daughter Zoe and her husband Gavin, 53, had both died during the eruption on December 9.
A family spokeswoman has said Ms Dallow, 48, had struggled to come to terms with the devastating news.
"Lisa is awake and has been told about Zoe and Gavin, so she now knows what has happened," the family spokesperson told News Corp.
"It took a while for it to sink in and then she just kept saying she can't believe they had died" the family spokesperson said.
Gavin's funeral was last month and was held at Adelaide Oval, with 600 mourners attending and Lisa watching on a screen from hospital.
The family has delayed Zoe's memorial with hopes Lisa will be well enough to attend.
“It will be Lisa’s decision, so we all just have to wait and see. It is so devastating for everyone. We are still raw with grief.”
Lisa received near-fatal burns to almost 60 per cent of her body when the volcano spouted smoke, rock and ash into the sky on the Bay of Plenty Island.
She still requires high-level care and is undergoing intensive rehab. She remains in a serious but stable condition.
The eruption left 21 dead, including 17 Australians and another missing, presumed dead.
Lisa told her family the last thing she can remember is fleeing from falling rocks and waiting for help.
Her daughter Zoe, a Year 9 student, passed away near the North Island's active volcano, and Gavin died on board the rescue helicopter.