Accident victim readmitted. Who’s to blame?
A primary school student has been re-admitted to the hospital following a traffic accident in Santa Elena, Cayo. The five year old was prematurely released from the K.H.M.H. and had to be rushed to another hospital when his condition worsened. That aside, the family of Damion Flowers says they are in need of assistance but that the driver of the vehicle is falling short. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.
Delahnie Bain, Reporting
An infant one student of the Santa Elena Primary School has months of recovery ahead of him following an accident last Thursday. Five year old Damion Flowers was knocked down as he crossed a pedestrian ramp … with other relatives. Business owner, Ethlin Robateau witnessed the accident and says the driver was not paying attention.
Ethlin Robateau, Witnessed Accident
“An orange color Tacoma was coming but the lady was on the phone, talking on the phone. And the little boy and the rest of children were going but the little boy was ahead and the vehicle come and hit him. Me and two other persons were here sitting and when the vehicle come and hit the little boy we start to holla and tell di person stop, stop, stop. But she could not hear us because she was interested in the phone and kept driving. Two times ih run over di kid, the front wheel and di back wheel.”
Robateau says the incident would have been a hit and run if they hadn’t stopped the vehicle. Meanwhile, Damion’s aunt, Locett Vanegas says the driver tried to lie about the accident, but her story fell apart once the child was taken to hospital.
“A young lady from nowhere, she didn’t know the little boy or anything and she came and picked him up. His little sister was with him and my daughters also and they told the young lady where we live and they took him up there. I don’t know what happened between the young lady and the driver before they reached us, but when they reached us, they say that driver didn’t knock down the little boy, he just fell and got frightened and he stool himself. We rushed him to the Loma Luz Hospital and the doctors tek x-ray, ultrasound and so forth and they told us he had a broken pelvis, a fractured rib and fractured knee. The doctors told us they were sending us to Belize City. When we reached Belize City, that’s about five-thirty in the ambulance, they admit him and the doctor attend to him and so forth. They tek the ultrasound and still didn’t tell us what happened to the little boy, only about the pelvis, the ribs and the knee. So he stayed in there Thursday night and Friday night. Saturday they send us home.”
While Damion was discharged from the K.H.M.H., he was far from okay and by Monday, he had to be rushed to the Belmopan Hospital.
“When we reached home the Monday he started bleeding again because he cannot urine. So my sister rush ah dah Mr. Godoy, the doctor, and he brought him here. When we reach here they told us that he needs an emergency cut [operation] because he has internal bleeding and his urine bag burst. Belize hospital didn’t tell us nothing like so if it wasn’t for this hospital, he would have been dead by now.”
And according to Vanegas, they have gotten little help from the driver responsible for her nephew’s condition.
“When we call ah last night fi compensate we because I got kids, my sista got more kids and only me and she and my bredda live dah Cayo so we have to care ah one another. But when we come yah fi help my sista out here, dehn noh have nobody fi watch fi we kids because fi he wife got four and sick too so she can’t handle all ah dehn cause I have three, my sister have two more; one year and a half. And we tell di young lady all ah dat, she seh she noh business about dat, dats what family is there for. We want justice because we want—the doctor tell us he noh even sure if di lee bwai wah walk again and den he have dis urine bag eena he and he have to live wid dat at least six months. Di lady tell we only di medical bill she could pay fa, weh happen to di rest ah bills? We have to up and down pan di bus, weh happen to dat? We have to pay di people weh have to come give he blood, all of dat stuff. Even when she call, ih noh even ask how di lee bwai di do and worst part of it is dat when seh took the next young lady to our house, she told—di other young lady said that she thought it was a dog that she knocked down.”
“This area dah busy area and they should respect the pedestrian ramp and respect di hours weh di children come out. But dehn noh respect it. No driver, even dah night dehn noh respect it.”
With all the time spent at the hospital, the family has reported the accident, but has not yet given a full police statement. Delahnie Bain for News Five.
The family is not still uncertain about how long Damion will remain hospitalized.