The eldest daughter of a woman imprisoned in a cellar by her father for more than 20 years was brought out of a medically induced coma, a hospital official said Tuesday.
Kerstin Fritzl, one of seven children whom authorities say Josef Fritzl has confessed to fathering with his daughter, was taken to a hospital in April, unconscious and suffering from an unidentified infection.
She later suffered seizures. In addition to the induced coma, she was placed on a respirator and underwent dialysis because of the effects of lack of oxygen.
The 19-year-old "has been awakened from the induced coma and was able to leave the intensive care unit several days ago," said a hospital statement e-mailed to The Associated Press.
"The patient continues to need intensive medical ... and therapeutic care," said the statement, e-mailed by hospital spokesman Klaus Schwertner. It gave no timeframe for further treatment and offered no details about the patient's location.
Fritzl is accused of raping his daughter repeatedly while confining her to a basement hideaway for 24 years.
Kerstin's hospitalization led to the unravelling of the elaborate crime when doctors appealed on TV for her mother to come forward because they needed information about the young woman's medical history.
Fritzl then accompanied his daughter, 42-year-old Elisabeth, to the hospital on April 26 and her story came to light shortly after.
On Friday, authorities decided to extend pretrial custody for Fritzl, 73, by another two months. Fritzl was formally placed in custody April 29 and will likely be charged when the investigation is complete.
Three of the children fathered by Fritzl, including Kerstin, were raised in a cellar at his home in Amstetten, west of Vienna.
Three others were brought above ground to live with Fritzl and his wife, and one died in infancy. DNA tests confirmed Fritzl is the biological father of the six surviving children.
Schooling began last month for the children kept in the cellar. Christoph Herbst, a lawyer representing the victims, said the family was "doing well."