Spe­cial Mother’s Day gift for Te­malesi

Daugh­ter, dis­charged from hospi­tal af­ter 3 weeks, 2 surg­eries

Fiji Sun - - West News - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Mother’s Day could not have come at a bet­ter time for Te­malesi Adi­ra­musu and her fam­ily at Son­aisali in Nadi. Her 18-year-old daugh­ter Mar­ica Reapi re­turned home af­ter be­ing dis­charged from the Lautoka Hospi­tal. She was there for the past three weeks af­ter be­ing in­jured in a car crash on April 16. “She has al­ready had surgery to help her walk and she will be hav­ing sur­gi­cal clinic ev­ery week so that doc­tors mon­i­tor the progress of her re­cov­ery,” said Ms Adi­ra­musu. Ms Adi­ra­musu had to travel all the way from Koro Is­land in the Lo­maiv­iti group to see her daugh­ter.

“My brother’s fam­ily called to in­form me that Mar­ica was not well and I needed to come and see her, so when I got here they told me that she had been in­volved in a road accident and had been ad­mit­ted. “I was shocked I did not be­lieve them un­til I saw her ly­ing in the hospi­tal bed,” she said.

Both of Mar­ica’s par­ents live in Nav­aga vil­lage in Koro Is­land and she has been liv­ing with her un­cle since Year Seven. Ms Adi­ra­musu said her daugh­ter was walk­ing from the house to the shop and she had no rea­son to sus­pect that the walk would be out of the or­di­nary. For the past three weeks Ms Reapi had un­der­gone two surg­eries to mend her legs. “I am just glad and happy to be home and to make it even more spe­cial I am able to spend it with my mother and fam­ily, So this is like a Mother’s Day Gift to her since she has come very far just to be near me,” Ms Reapi said. “I have to take things one day at a time be­cause I re­ally miss school but I re­main pos­i­tive at least I can walk and I have a mum to cel­e­brate mother’s day with.”

Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

From left: Vil­iame Tuiqara, car crash sur­vivor Mar­ica Reapi, 18, and mother Te­malesi Adi­ra­musu with nephew Ge­orge Ra­voka.

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