ACC cov­ers Mimi’s hos­pi­tal care

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER

The fam­ily of a young girl mauled by a dog has one less thing to worry about.

ACC has con­firmed it will cover the costs of 10-year-old Mimi Sayid’s treat­ment af­ter she was at­tacked by a dog while play­ing at Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate school on the evening of Oc­to­ber 16.

Ethiopian-born Mimi has only been in New Zealand for 11 months and her step­fa­ther Edosa Mustefa said in a story pub­lished in the Auck­land City Har­bour News on Novem­ber 13 that he was wor­ried the fam­ily would have to foot the bill for Mimi’s hos­pi­tal stay be­cause she isn’t yet a New Zealand res­i­dent.

‘‘I’m very happy. I was so wor­ried be­cause I didn’t know how I was go­ing to pay for it,’’ Mr Mustefa says.

Non-res­i­dents don’t au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for free health care but when they are in­jured as a re­sult of an ac­ci­dent in New Zealand ACC will cover the cost of treat­ment while they are here, a spokes­woman for the depart­ment says.

The dog that at­tacked Mimi was seized by the Auck­land Coun­cil.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent is still un­der way.

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