A son of a British scientist who was trampled by a giraffe in a wildlife reserve is breathing alone and is starting to wake up after 13 days in a coma.
Finn Williams, three years old, needed brain surgery that saved lives after he and his biologist mother, Katy, 35, were attacked in South Africa.
They were rescued by her husband, Dr. Sam Williams, who took the animal, but both needed emergency medical help after the giraffe attack earlier this month.
The mother and son were only 150 meters from their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate when they were attacked.
Finn had an emergency operation immediately to release pressure on his brain while his mother underwent surgery the next day and regained consciousness five days ago.
Finn Williams, three years old, needed brain surgery that saved lives after he and his biologist mother, Katy, 35, were attacked in South Africa (photographed together before the attack).
Family lawyer Marina Botha confirmed: "Finn is still sedated but is beginning to wake up.
"As his sedatives are reduced and he begins to regain consciousness, his medical team hopes to get more indications about the severity of his injuries.
"We can confirm that he is breathing independently and we hope to have more information in the near future," he said.
The couple is recovering in intensive care at Busamed Modderfontein Hospital, near Johannesburg, South Africa.
Father Dr. Williams, 36, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, has held vigils since the September 3 attack.
Dr. Katy Williams, of Baltimore, Maryland, who initially could only communicate with her husband by sign language, now exchanges handwritten notes with him.
The lawyer added: "Katy's recovery is going well and her condition is improving daily.
"She understands that it will take time to recover completely, but she has a positive attitude and surprises the doctors because of her rapid progress.
Dr. Sam Williams (center) is keeping vigils by the bed in the South African hospital where his son is in a pediatric intensive care unit
& # 39; She is communicating with Sam writing words and sentences on paper. And she wrote to ask him to thank everyone for their overwhelming support in his name. "
The giraffe attack occurred only 150 meters from her home at the Blyde wildlife farm in Hoedspruit after they tripped over the giraffe and her offspring by accident.
It is believed that the giraffe had been frightened and was protecting its young but attacked the young mother and her son and the 15 foot tall giraffe trampled them both.
The lawyer confirmed that the giraffe that carried out the attack is being moved to another reserve and will not be destroyed.
Both victims were taken by helicopter to the hospital near Johannesburg and placed in a coma induced by doctors, while two teams of surgeons operated to repair life-threatening injuries.
The attack happened near his home at Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit (pictured)
Dr. Sam Williams revealed for the first time on Tuesday that he and Katy communicated by sign language, although he said it was "difficult" due to the nature of his injuries.
He said: "I was surprised to see Katy wake up and be able to talk to her and assure her that we were there for her.
& # 39; Finn is stable and doctors are satisfied with their condition given the circumstances. I hope that with time he will wake up so that we can all meet as a family.
Katy's father, Jack Standish, and his son David have flown in from the United States to be with their daughter, she is also a respected scientist and wildlife biologist.
Mr. Standish said: "There can be nothing worse than being thousands of miles away when something of this nature happens to your daughter and grandchild.
"It was so hard to not be able to do anything for her and Finn, and it's the worst nightmare any father can face.
Katy Williams and her son Finn, three (pictured) were taken to the hospital after the attack of the giraffe
"I can always tell how Katy is with the look in her eyes, I can see that she was very happy to see us but she is very worried about Finn.
& # 39; I know it will take a long time for them to recover, but I will be here as long as they need me.
"I can inform everyone who speculated about how this tragic incident happened that Katy is very well trained in all aspects of wildlife through college and years in the field.
"Katy and I have talked about the danger of the giraffes in the reserve where they live previously, they know they had to be cautious around them.
"This was an unfortunate incident, but I can inform you that Katy would not deliberately put her and Finn in danger.
& # 39; We have no trial against the giraffe. That's the way nature is and we accept it. "