Car ac­ci­dent puts mum on a mis­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

THERE is some­thing about hos­pi­tals and the Scott chil­dren.

Priya Scott won a com­pe­ti­tion to name one of the cranes on site at Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Su­bi­aco five years ago.

‘Mag­nus’ was named af­ter her brother, who had been ad­mit­ted as a pa­tient to Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal (PMH) be­cause he had a large gan­glion on his left wrist.

On the fi­nal day of term 1 this year, their mother Helga van Schoor was driv­ing Priya (15) and Mag­nus (13), along with sis­ter Saf­fron (4) when a car al­legedly swerved into their path on Bus­sell High­way, about 1km south of Capel, hit­ting them head on as they drove to­wards Perth.

The sib­lings even­tu­ally found them­selves to­gether in a ward at PMH.

Mag­nus had been air­lifted to Perth af­ter the crash, while Priya’s in­juries took longer to man­i­fest.

Saf­fron was un­in­jured, while Ms van Schoor also suf­fered in­juries.

She does not want the in­ci­dent on a no­to­ri­ously dan­ger­ous sec­tion of road to just be an­other statis­tic.

While the road takes about 14,000 ve­hi­cles per day, these num­bers can dou­ble dur­ing public hol­i­days and are sig­nif­i­cantly higher at school hol­i­day time, when Perth fam­i­lies are driv­ing to and from the area in droves.

Ms van Schoor is sup­port­ing Vasse MLA Libby Met­tam, who is ad­vo­cat­ing for the com­ple­tion of a dual car­riage­way on Bus­sell High­way be­tween Bus­sel­ton and Capel.

“There are two op­por­tu­ni­ties for the State Gov­ern­ment to fund the dual car­riage­way works,” Ms Met­tam said.

“It could be funded ei­ther from the Main Roads bud­get or from the $44 mil­lion ear­marked for re­gional road fund­ing in the $1.2 bil­lion pack­age of Fed­eral trans­port fund­ing pro­vided to the State re­cently.”

Ms van Schoor is dis­tribut­ing a pe­ti­tion that Ms Met­tam will present to Par­lia­ment.

Copies of the pe­ti­tion can be found at Bar Mah on The Point, East Perth; Princi Butch­ers North Perth; IGA Kala­munda; IGA He­lena Val­ley; IGA Me­d­ina; IGA Mosman Park; Su­bi­aco Am­a­teur Foot­ball Club (Su­bi­aco AFC); Coles Man­durah; Coles In­naloo; and Gino’s Trat­to­ria Café, Fre­man­tle.

Promis­ing soccer player Mag­nus Scott with Perth Glory’s Ne­bo­jsa Marinkovic at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and (right) Priya Scott dur­ing her re­cov­ery at the hos­pi­tal.

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