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Boy, 14, Fights For His Life

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Kolinio Tura­gakula, 14, is presently fight­ing for his life at the Colo­nial War Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal (CWM) in Suva. He was only a few me­tres away from his house when he was hit by a bus last Satur­day. Kolinio is a stu­dent at Saint Thomas Aquinas Pri­mary School in Navesi, Lami and is also a res­i­dent of Navesi. When Fiji Sun vis­ited him at CWM Hospi­tal yes­ter­day, his mother Joana Sipeli said her son was still un­con­scious. “He was re­turn­ing from Milo Kaji train­ing and when he got off the bus he saw his brother and in his ea­ger­ness to cross the road the bus hit him,” Mrs Sipeli said. Kolinio’s brother, John Cama, who was on the other side of the road, said he saw the bus hit the left side of his brother’s head. “I saw him make a 360-de­gree spin and then he fell to the ground; I rushed in to see him but he was un­con­scious.”

Mrs Sipeli said that doc­tors had to in­sert tubes into his son’s stom­ach in or­der to feed him.

“Doc­tors stated af­ter the ex­am­i­na­tion that no vis­i­ble frac­ture or bleed­ing can be seen but he may be suf­fer­ing from in­ter­nal bleed­ing which is why he still can’t re­gain con­scious­ness.

“He is in a very crit­i­cal stage and doc­tors said that if there is no change for the next three days then fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion will be done.” Po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Jo­saia We­icavu said that the bus driver has been in­ter­viewed and re­leased. Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

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