Family and friends wait and hope at Sheetal’s bedside
As she came out of the induced coma, doctors began checking what she could do. She was able to squeeze a hand when asked to do so.
Mr Chand says the swell of support from family and friends filling the hospital ward has been comforting. Almost 120 people visited them in hospital on Tuesday.
Sheetal’s sisters Sharleen, 5, and Shweta, 10, were told about the accident at school that morning and have been staying with their grandparents while their parents are at the hospital.
The girls visited her on Tuesday and will go back to hospital every day she is there.
Shweta says it was scary seeing her playful and smart sister in a coma. They have been praying for her.
“She is the most beautiful one out of all of us,” she says.
Sharleen looks forward to having a family photo taken for the newspaper when Sheetal comes home.
“She’s going to teach me to dance,” she says.
Police are still investigating the crash and were hoping to speak to the driver and several witnesses yesterday.
They were still looking for a boy who was the sole passenger on the bus at the time. He is described as a fair-skinned male of large build, about 12 or 13 years old and wearing blue shorts and a light blue top.
“We don’t know where he was on the bus, we just know he was on the bus,” says serious crash unit sergeant Matthew Ford.
“When you know someone’s been in the impact vehicle it’s nice to hear what they’ve seen.”
The boy got on the bus at Mt Wellington Highway just before the Countdown supermarket and was transferred to another bus after the collision. Mr Ford says earlier reports that the bus driver had carried on with his route were inaccurate.
“He stopped at the time and waited for the ambulance and gave his details to the people that were there. He didn’t do anything illegal,” he says.
The driver did leave the scene but the police located him shortly afterwards through the bus company, Waka Pacific.
Suspended while investigations continue, he is being supported by colleagues, family and friends and has been offered counselling.
Waka Pacific operations general manager Zane Fulljames says the company is “extremely concerned” and their thoughts are with the family.
“A full investigation is under way and is being given priority.”
The bus is now at a secure storage yard where it will be fully inspected.