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Home and Away actress has 50/50 chance of survival

Relatives of car crash victim Jessica Falkholt have revealed she has only a 50/50 chance of survival.

The Home and Away actress remains in a coma after having multiple surgeries, and her family fear she may be changed forever when she wakes up.

The 28-year-old has been in Sydney’s St George Hospital since Boxing Day, when she and her sister were pulled from the wreckage of a fiery head-on collision.

The left side of Jessica’s brain has been damaged, which means her personality and memory could be affected, said her second cousin’s husband, James Randazzo.

Relatives of car crash victim Jessica Falkholt (pictured) have revealed she has only a 50/50 chance of survival

The Home and Away actress, remains in a coma after having multiple surgeries, and her family fear she may be changed forever when she wakes up (pictured is the Falkholt family, Jessica on the right, on Christmas Day)

The Home and Away actress, remains in a coma after having multiple surgeries, and her family fear she may be changed forever when she wakes up (pictured is the Falkholt family, Jessica on the right, on Christmas Day)

The 28-year-old has been in Sydney's St George Hospital since Boxing Day, when she and her sister were pulled from the wreckage of a fiery head-on collision (pictured is the scene)

The 28-year-old has been in Sydney’s St George Hospital since Boxing Day, when she and her sister were pulled from the wreckage of a fiery head-on collision (pictured is the scene)

‘She may wake up and, if she does wake up, is she going to be a different person?’ he asked, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

It could be weeks or even months before doctors – who removed part of Jessica’s skull and kidney – know how severe the damage to her brain is, they told the family.

‘Her brain is like a Ferrari in that you can make everything look all right but you won’t know until you turn the ignition on whether the ­engine is going to start,’ he said.

Jessica’s relative Cathy Randazzo said brain function tests could begin once the brain swelling has gone down, but could take weeks.

If Jessica does survive, James and Cathy will face the daunting task of telling her what happened to her sister and parents.

Annabelle Falkholt, Jessica’s little sister, was rescued from the crash alive and able to say her name but died after three days in hospital.

Jessica (pictured) remains in intensive care, with family saying she has a 50/50 chance of survival

Annabelle Falkholt (pictured) died three days after the crash

The left side of Jessica’s brain has been damaged, which means her personality and memory could be affected, said her second cousin’s husband, James Randazzo (pictured are Jessica, left, and Annabelle Falkholt, right)

It could be weeks or even months before doctors - who removed part of Jessica's skull and kidney - know how severe the damage to her brain is, they told the family (pictured is the scene of the crash)

It could be weeks or even months before doctors – who removed part of Jessica’s skull and kidney – know how severe the damage to her brain is, they told the family (pictured is the scene of the crash)

Their father Lars, 69, and mother Vivian, 60, were killed when their car was collided with another vehicle driven by Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, who also died.

The family were on their way home from Christmas celebrations in Ulladulla on the New South Wales south coast when the devastating crash occurred. 

Mr Whitall, a P-plater, was a known drug user and had been jailed for driving offences.

If Jessica (pictured) does survive, James and Cathy will be tasked with telling her what happened to her sister and parents

If Jessica (pictured) does survive, James and Cathy will be tasked with telling her what happened to her sister and parents

Their father Lars, 69, and mother Vivian, 60, were killed when their car was collided with another vehicle driven by Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, who also died (pictured is the scene)

Their father Lars, 69, and mother Vivian, 60, were killed when their car was collided with another vehicle driven by Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, who also died (pictured is the scene)

He was reportedly driving home from a methadone clinic at the time of the tragic accident. 

Witnesses told police they saw Mr Whitall’s white Toyota Prado cross the centre line of the road twice before it crashed head-on into the Falkholts’ Mazda.

Mr Whitall had been charged with more than 60 offences by police before his death.

The coronial investigation into the crash will focus on whether Mr Whitall was under the influence of drugs during the crash. 

The 2017 Christmas period has seen the deaths of 24 people on NSW roads, the highest number since 2009.  

The family were on their way home from Christmas celebrations in Ulladulla on the New South Wales south coast when the devastating crash (pictured) occurred

The family were on their way home from Christmas celebrations in Ulladulla on the New South Wales south coast when the devastating crash (pictured) occurred



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