Australian artist loses both legs in freak New York accident

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“She is sedated but optimistic and has already muttered, ‘I’m going to have to deal with this’,” Professor Hoffie wrote. “Miraculously, she shows no evidence of brain damage.”

In another update, Professor Hoffie, a Griffith University professor emeritus, shared a photo of her daughter wearing a bright pink top and taken hours before the accident.

Investigating police said it was a miracle Visaya Hoffie survived.

Investigating police said it was a miracle Visaya Hoffie survived.Credit:Facebook

She wrote that the colour of the top saved Ms Hoffie from being hit by a second train 20 minutes after the first train struck her.

“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,” Professor Hoffie wrote.

“When the first train had rolled across her unconscious body 20 minutes earlier, her black puffy jacket and black jeans had made her invisible to the driver.

“In the words of the investigating police, ‘it’s a miracle she survived’. Please pray that she continues to survive and to heal, and to come home.”

Social media has been inundated with messages of support for Ms Hoffie, who reportedly worked at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and was an active member of the Brisbane art scene.

Ms Hoffie herself shared a message of thanks for all the support on Instagram five days ago, saying she was “praying for a speedy recovery”.

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