Death of 'adored' student nurse six weeks after crash leaves family in 'complete devastation'

Helna had only arrived in Wales two months before the crash to train as a nurse
-Credit: (Image: South Wales Police)

The family of a student nurse who died six weeks after a collision in the Vale of Glamorgan have issued a moving tribute to their daughter and thanked the medical teams who tried to save her life. Helna Marie Siby had come from India to south Wales in March to train to be a nurse herself.

The 20-year-old had been in intensive care since the crash involving a green Ford Fiesta on the A48 at St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, around 6.50am on Friday, May 3. Her family thanked the team on the unit for fighting "so hard every day to give her the best chance".

South Wales Police have confirmed that Helna died from her injuries on Thursday, June 20, and her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

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Through those officers the family has issued a tribute to their daughter and to the medical teams who looked after her at the University Hospital of Wales, Wales.

They said: "Helna was an adored daughter, sister and family member and was loved by everyone who knew her. She excelled in her studies and as such secured a scholarship from University of South Wales, which brought her to the UK this March to pursue a career in nursing.

"She was an ambitious young woman, who aimed to reach great heights in life, but has now so sadly been taken away from us all, far too soon."

Speaking about the emergency teams who worked at the scene of the crash and the staff who looked after their daughter at UHW, they said: "We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us over the last six weeks, from all the emergency services who attended the scene, to South Wales University and we would like to particularly acknowledge all the support from the Malayali community in Cardiff. We have felt your love and kindness during this tragic time."

They also had some beautiful words for the team at the intensive care unit where Helna was treated. They said: "Finally, as a family we save our final heartfelt gratitude to all the staff in the Intensive Care Unit , Ward B4 at the University Hospital of Wales, who fought so hard every day to give her the best chance.

"Helna wanted to be a nurse and now we can see why she was attracted to your profession. You are all angels here on earth and we will not forget the compassion you showed.

"We are left almost speechless and unable to express our complete devastation as we continue to struggle to come to terms with the reality of losing her so young. Nothing could ever replace the void she has left and she will be loved, remembered and missed every day of our lives”.

Police at the scene of the crash in May
Police at the scene of the crash in May -Credit:Rob Browne

South Wales Police would like to speak to any person who witnessed the collision, stopped to provide assistance or any persons travelling in the area at the time who may have information relating to the collision, or manner of driving at the time of the collision to call them on 101 quoting ref 2400142870. Anyone with any information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.