Police reviewing surveillance footage in woman’s serious assault

By paNOW Staff
June 16, 2014 - 5:27pm

Police in Prince Albert are now reviewing hours of video surveillance footage collected from the area where 47-year-old Marlene Bird was assaulted in on June 1.

According to police, they have also spoken to a number of witnesses in connection to the assault. No arrests have been made in connection with the assault.

Bird sustained a number of serious injuries and is being treated at a burn unit at the University of Albert Hospital in Edmonton. Her aunt, Lorna Thiessen said she is still undergoing grafting procedures.

“Because of the injuries, she’s going to be going through a whole lot more skin grafting to her lower back and buttocks,” said Thiessen. “They keep her heavily sedated because of all the surgery.”

She added that while they are able to communicate with Bird they haven’t told her that both of her legs were amputated.

“She doesn’t know yet that she doesn’t have any legs. We just haven’t said anything yet, the doctors haven’t said anything.”

Thiessen said that she and her sister, Bird’s mother, have been discussing prosthetics. 

“We’re looking at probably doing some fundraising for something like that in the near future,” said Thiessen. “So she’s not limited in her mobility.” 

Thiessen added that there will be another walk set up this Thursday in Prince Albert in support of Bird. 

The walk will begin at 9 a.m. and start at City Hall, and anyone wanting to support Bird is welcome to attend.

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