A trans woman is stable and in an induced coma after being gored by a stag.
Doctor Kate Stone, a scientist and academic, was on a short holiday in Scotland where she was attacked by the deer near Fort William in the Highlands in the early hours of Monday (30 December).
It is believed its antlers pierced her throat and chest, and badly damaged her windpipe and spine.
A statement released yesterday by a colleague at Stone’s print firm, Novalia, said: ‘The operation went well and she remained stable throughout.
‘The doctors made a decision to keep her in an induced coma for the next week to minimise any movement that may rupture the wound.
‘She remains in a stable condition and she is now in the healing process from the first operation.
‘Her family are with her over this new year period and all her friends are continuing to offer support.’
It added: ‘Our love and support goes to Kate and we wish her all the best for the speediest possible recovery.’
The Cambridge scientist was standing with a group of friends outside a private residence in Lochailort when the 23 stone stag charged.
They were staying at the nearby Mo-Dhachaidh B&B owned by Gary Burton.
‘I think what happened was that the stag panicked. It was trapped in a fenced garden having got through a gate. I don’t think there was anywhere else to go and it charged out of the gate,’ he told the Press and Journal Newspaper.
‘It's very bizarre and very horrific.’
Burton added: ‘This is a one-in-a-million event which has shocked the whole community.’
Stone is notable in the British LGBTI community for being one of the only trans people to have ever spoken at the TED Conference, a place for the world’s leading thinkers.