Mum critically injured during Bourke Street tragedy was in her first week back at work after maternity leave.

Nethra Krishnamurthy was returning to the office, after breastfeeding her eight-month-old baby boy in day care, when she was run over in Bourke Street on Friday, shares The Age.

Ms Krishnamurthy, who is in her 30s, sustained serious injuries, including deep lacerations to her head, a punctured lung, damage to her liver and kidneys, as well as broken ribs and three fractures to her spine.

She had been in a coma in intensive care but on Monday woke and was responsive, according to her friends and colleagues. She remains in a critical but stable condition in The Alfred.

“Given the severity of her injuries, Nethra will remain in hospital for quite some time, and following this will have a long road to recovery, both physically and psychologically,” colleague Tanvir Chowdhury said.

Her colleagues said she had been working from home for most of her maternity leave and had come back to the office for two days a week.

Such a horrible tragedy.

The family of the youngest victim of the Bourke Street rampage: three-month-old baby Zachary have shared a tribute to their baby boy.

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  • This was a tragedy that should never have happened. I wish her all the best in her recovery.


  • So many victims have either lost their lives are still in a critical condition. Sadly another one has lost his/her fight for life in the last couple of days


  • the staff in intensive care at the Alfred are amazing. A speedy recovery to you x


  • Aw bless, my thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this horrible incident !
    Hope & pray Nethra will recover completely and wishing her and her family patience and grace along the way.


  • There are so many sad stories – every sympathy to the victims.


  • Luckily she woke up from the coma. But what a long path to recovery indeed. And with a such small baby. I hope she will recover completely.


  • Oh how awful! Now she has to spend who knows how long away from her beautiful baby boy. My prayers and thoughts are with all victims and their families


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