One year on, woman hit by bus still fighting for her life

Family to hold public vigil for ‘inspiring’ teaching assistant involved in collision near tube station

Friday, 17th November 2017 — By Tom Foot

Saba Mirza

Saba Mirza (right) receiving an award for volunteering

A YOUNG woman is fighting for her life in an intensive care unit, one year after she was hit by a bus.

The family of 26-year-old Saba Mirza, from Maida Vale, will tie a yellow ribbon to a tree during a public vigil next Saturday, November 25. The event is being held one year on from the anniversary of the horrific accident near Warwick Avenue tube station.

Saba was plunged into a coma at St Mary’s Hospital after the accident and remains in intensive care.

A message from the family said: “We would like you to join us at Warwick Avenue tube station to tie a yellow ribbon for Saba at the junction of Warwick Avenue. Please come and show your support for Saba who has not left hospital for coming up to a year.” Yellow ribbons are traditionally used by those hoping for a loved one to return home.

Saba worked as a teaching assistant at Swiss ­Cottage special school in Avenue Road, Camden.

She had picked up an award from Camden Council after being named among 50 “most inspiring volunteers” in the borough for her work at the school.

“Volunteering has changed my life so much. Working with children inspires and motivates me,” she said while collecting the award at a ceremony held in neighbouring Camden in 2015.

Paying tribute to Saba, the school wrote: “For the past five years she has drawn on her challenging life experiences to support young children facing similar challenges at Swiss Cottage School – the school she herself attended.

“Her insight, empathy and patience make a big difference to their lives but she feels she gains even more from them.”

Following the No 46 bus collision, Saba’s friends began a search for “a young man with dark hair who went to Saba’s home and told her mother before taking her to the scene of the accident”.

Saba had treated herself to a new iPhone and Gucci scarf that were also lost in the accident.

The ribbon event, which has been publicised on social media by friends of the family, is at 4.30pm.

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