‘Nothing short of a miracle’ will save Lavenham snowboarder following Alps fall

Emily Mimi Watts
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The family of an injured snowboarder on a life support machine have told how ‘Nothing short of a miracle,’ will save her.

Emily ‘Mimi’ Watts, a former Bury St Edmunds schoolgirl, who lived in Lavenham, was injured in a freak accident in the Alps.

Doctors at the hospital in Annecy in France have warned them that 26-year old Mimi is unable to survive without help and the chances of her coming out of the coma are ‘almost zero’.

She had suffered a cardiac arrest and her brain was starved of oxygen for 45 minutes after she fell on the slopes and almost suffocated in a bank of snow in the ski resort of Chamonix on Saturday.

Her mother Nicky McAllister from Lavenham, said: “She was doing the sport she loves but somehow she fell and the rest of the group she was with didn’t realise she was missing until they were at the bottom of the run.

“By the time they got her to hospital she had suffered irreversible brain damage.”

Mimi was a former pupil of St Benedict’s Catholic school in Bury.

Headteacher Hugh O’Neill said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mimi and her family.

“Like them, we will hope and pray that she shows the first signs of recovery. “How sad to think of a young person, with her life ahead of her, being struck down whilst out and about enjoying herself.

“I have asked everyone in school to pray for mimi and her family at this difficult time.”

Mimi’s great love was snowboarding. She hoped to design her own range of clothes for snowboarders.

She had already made a video of some of her designs and planned to study graphic design at university next year.

Mimi had just moved into a shared flat in the ski resort and started work as a chalet maid.

Her mother, her father Dominic Watts, and older brother Rory, 27, have been by her bedside.

“We are all hoping and praying that Mimi will be OK but the outlook is not good,” said Rory earlier today.

“She was the light and colour of my life as she was to so many people. She was a beautiful inspiring girl to everyone who knew her.

Her aunt Shona Pollock, who lives in West London, said: ”It’s a terrible tragedy – Mimi was a very independent person with her own style. She loved life but nothing short of a miracle can do anything for her now.

“This is the most awful, dreadful thing to have happened. She was such a talented popular girl.”