The family of the woman pushed off a CTrain platform onto the tracks earlier this week is speaking out about her life-altering injuries.
On Thursday, police charged a 35-year-old woman with attempted murder after Rozalia Meichl, 64, was pushed in front of a train arriving at the Victoria Park/Stampede station in Calgary.
Police said the train was able to stop in time, but the attack was random and the injuries are life-changing. Meichl was at an assisted living facility prior to the incident and will now need more care.
Meichl’s family confirmed she suffered a severed spine and will not walk again, adding that she’ll remain in hospital for at least four months and will require full-time help after that.
“My mother is now 100 per cent paraplegic,” said Charmaine Newman. “She will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She has no feeling below her chest area and she will require help around the clock.”
“I cried the whole way here thinking I was going to bury my mother Thursday.”
Newman was at the Foothills Medical Centre ICU on Saturday and said her mother is in stable, non-life-threatening condition.
“She is a fighter,” she said of the recovery process.
“This woman will walk miles and miles and miles for a cause she believes in,” Newman added, citing her mom’s participation in breast cancer walks.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with recovery costs, including rehabilitation, medical bills and long-term care.
“I want justice for my mom, for sure,” Newman said. “My mom wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
“This person was released,” she added. “She’s got an extensive history. Why was she allowed to be out to harm an innocent, elderly, disabled bystander?”