Thursday, July 8, 2004.
Bashed nurse looking forward to work
A nurse who has spent four months recovering in hospital after being bashed by a patient in March, expects to discharged tomorrow.
Debbie Freeman, 43, was bashed at the Swan District Hospital four months ago and spent several days in a coma at Royal Perth Hospital after a patient allegedly repeatedly stomped on her head.
She has only recently regained the ability to speak and to walk independently.
The attack prompted calls for urgent security upgrades to protect staff.
Ms Freeman says she has no memory of the attack but is looking forward to returning to work.
"I get scared, I've never been a scared girl at all, for some unknown reason I get scared," she said.
"I've got no memory of what happened to me, I don't know why it happens, but I want to start teaching at university again. I was doing psychiatric nursing."