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Australian artist who had legs amputated after New York Subway accident contracts coronavirus

A 23-year-old Australian artist who lost both of her legs in a freak New York subway accident has revealed she contracted coronavirus.  

Visaya Hoffie had a double amputation after she fell into the path of an oncoming train at 14th Street station in Manhattan on January 11.

The Brisbane woman also suffered a broken back, several head wounds and severe cuts and bruises after she was run over by seven carriages.

Ms Hoffie revealed on Tuesday she tested positive to COVID-19 and was being discharged after more than one-month separated from her loved ones.  

Australian woman Visaya Hoffie (pictured), who lost both of her legs in a freak New York subway accident, has revealed she contracted coronavirus

Ms Hoffie revealed on Tuesday she was being discharged after testing positive to COVID-19 more than a month earlier

Ms Hoffie revealed on Tuesday she was being discharged after testing positive to COVID-19 more than a month earlier

‘After over a month in complete isolation from friends and family with coronavirus they’re finally discharging me,’ she wrote on Instagram.

‘Despite the fact I’m still testing positive for coronavirus (I know doesn’t make sense)?’

The 23-year-old expressed her gratitude for the nurses who have helped throughout her recovery. 

‘Happy international nurse day to all of the wonderful humans who have helped me through this catastrophic ordeal,’ she concluded.  

Her mother, Professor Pat Hoffie, said the pair had returned to Australia in a post to Facebook on April 19.

‘Thank you to those of you who’ve maintained an ongoing vigil of care and love while Visaya and I were in New York,’ she wrote.

Ms Hoffie had to have a double amputation after she fell into the path of an oncoming train at 14th Street station in Manhattan

Ms Hoffie had to have a double amputation after she fell into the path of an oncoming train at 14th Street station in Manhattan

She suffered a broken back, head wounds and several cuts and bruises after the freak subway accident

She suffered a broken back, head wounds and several cuts and bruises after the freak subway accident

‘Both of us are back in Australia. Visaya has COVID. Visaya is in hospital; I am in lock-down. I can’t get to see her.’

It’s understood Ms Hoffie was receiving treatment in Brisbane. 

Ms Hoffie filed a petition at Manhattan Supreme Court seeking video footage, photos and witness accounts from the night she fell onto the tracks of the 14 St PATH station. 

In an affidavit obtained by the New York Post in February, Ms Hoffie claimed she was struck twice after being left on the tracks for an extended amount of time.

‘After the first train left the station after running me over, I was left on the tracks for another considerable period of time … until a second P.A.T.H. train came along and hit me again,’ the document states.

She also claimed the operator of the train should have been able to see her since she fell in a well-lit area of the tracks and was wearing bright-coloured clothing.  

Ms Hoffie went on to say she will be bed-ridden in hospital for the ‘foreseeable future’ as a result of the horrific accident.

Ms Hoffie (left) wrote on Instagram: 'Wearing the top that saved my life. Terribly missing my sister'

Ms Hoffie (left) wrote on Instagram: ‘Wearing the top that saved my life. Terribly missing my sister’

Visaya Hoffie fell onto the train tracks at 14 Street Station (pictured at the same station)

Ms Hoffie (pictured in hospital) survived being run over by seven carriages

Ms Hoffie, from Brisbane, was in intensive care after suffering a broken back, several head wounds and severe cuts and bruises from seven carriages running her over

Earlier reports said the Australian-based artist avoided being hit by a second train due to her bright pink top that captured the conductor’s attention.

Her mother shared a photo of her daughter taken just moments before the incident wearing the shirt that she said spared her from being hit a second time.

‘This image of her [Visaya] was taken hours before the accident,’ Prof. Hoffie wrote in a Facebook post. 

‘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.

‘When the first train had rolled across her unconscious body twenty 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.’

Ms Hoffie also took to Instagram in February to upload a photo of her outfit, captioned: ‘Wearing the top that saved my life. Terribly missing my sister.’      

Ms Hoffie’s work was showcased at the Queensland College of Fine Art’s graduates collection in 2016, under the name Visaya Bose.

Her mother and late father Santiage Bose are both well-known in Brisbane’s art scene. 

Ms Hoffie's work was showcased at the Queensland College of Fine Art's graduates collection in 2016, under the name Visaya Bose

Ms Hoffie’s work was showcased at the Queensland College of Fine Art’s graduates collection in 2016, under the name Visaya Bose 

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