Dungeon Girl Wakes From Coma

Reunited with freed mom after life in cellar
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 5:12 AM CDT
Forensic teams investigate the car of Josef Fritzl's wife Rosemarie, in Amstetten, Austria, where 73-year-old Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter for 24 years.    (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
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(Newser) – A teenager held captive her entire life in an underground dungeon with her mother and siblings has awoken from a seven-week coma, reports the Daily Telegraph. Kerstin Fritzl, 19, was reunited with her mother and other family members in a secure medical ward after flickering back to consciousness. There were no immediate details about the reunion or her condition.

Her mother was the sex slave of Josef Fritzl, who kept the entire family imprisoned beneath their Austrian home as he repeatedly abused his daughter. Kerstin fell gravely ill and was taken to the hospital by Fritzl, which ultimately led authorities to the underground prison. Doctors induced a coma to allow Kerstin's body to recover from serious damage to internal organs.