Charbel Kassas (right), 11, has started to open his eyes while lying in a coma after allegedly being cut down by a drunk driver. His sister Mabelle (left) was also injured
An 11-year-old boy who was hit by a car that was out of control and driven by an alleged drink driver began to open his eyes while in a coma three weeks after the tragedy that killed his three cousins.
Charbel Kassas was seriously injured when a car bumped into him as he walked with his cousins to get ice on February 1 in Oatlands, northwest Sydney.
Abdallah brothers and sisters Sienna, eight, Angelina, 12 and Antony, 13, died in the accident along with their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr.
Charbel was so badly injured that paramedics had to intubate him on the spot before they brought him to Westmead Children’s Hospital under police escort.
On Monday, a close friend of the Kassas family said that Charbel remains in a coma with significant injuries to his spine and brain, but that he is starting to show signs of recovery.
“He has had moments to open and close his eyes and his doctors say he can hear bits and pieces,” Rimonda Abi Zeid wrote Go Fund Me page made to raise money for Charbel.
“The full extent of his injuries is still unknown – so far we know that his critical injuries include a broken back and legs.
The two children (pictured in front, with their parents and brothers and sisters) were rushed to the hospital. A close friend of the Kassas family said that Charbel remains in a coma with significant injuries to his spine and brain
Abdallah brothers and sisters Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12 and Antony, 13, died on the spot in Oatlands, northwest Sydney, alongside their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr (photo: the scene of the crash
‘At this stage it is unclear when he will awaken from his coma. There are several phases of a coma and it is currently in the initial phase. Charbel has a long way to go. “
Mrs. Zeid praised doctors and nurses for the “incredible” work they have done to care for Charbel.
The parents Assaad and Rania van Charbel have only recently been in Australia and have no access to Medicare.
‘All medical costs are out of pocket and will increase dramatically. They must be at their son’s bedside and he will need full-time care, “she said.
Samuel William Davidson (photo), 29, was reportedly three times the legal alcohol limit in the blood when he entered the group of seven children
‘The Kassas family did not request any financial assistance at this stage, but as their neighbor and close friend, I, Rimonda Abi Zeid, witness the consequences of this traumatic disaster for the family and I can foresee what awaits us.
‘We are now seeking the help and contribution of the community. Every donation to this beautiful modest family is greatly appreciated. “
From Tuesday afternoon a total of $ 154,780 has been raised with a goal of $ 200,000.
Samuel William Davidson, 29, was reportedly three times the legal alcohol limit in the blood when he entered the group of seven children.
He is confronted with 20 charges, including four counts of manslaughter after the death of the four children.
HOW THE TRAGEDY COMES OUT
* Seven children cycled along the footpath of Beddington Road, Oatlands on Saturday
* The children were on their way to buy ice cream when a Mitsubishi 4WD reportedly plowed into them
* Residents ran to help children and tried to save them in anticipation of emergency services
* Four children – including a boy, two of his sisters and a family friend – died on the spot
* Another boy, ten, was brought to the hospital with critical head injuries, but is now in a stable state
* Two girls were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries
* Male 4WD driver, a 29-year-old from Oatlands, has undergone a roadside breath test and is said to have yielded a positive result
* The alleged driver Samuel Davidson was arrested and taken to Castle Hill Police with his 24-year-old male passenger
* Davidson was charged with four counts of manslaughter
Danny and Leila Abdallah said they hope that if something good comes of the tragic accident in which three of their children died, it will be that parents “enjoy every minute with your children”
Abdallah’s parents perished on Tuesday at the sanctuary and embraced each other before revealing that they forgive the driver accused of murdering three of their children.
Danny and Leila Abdallah, who lost three children in the tragedy, have been regulars at the scene of the car accident in recent days.
Less than 12 hours after the accident, mr. Abdallah bravely goes to the media to pay tribute to his son and two daughters.
“I’m stunned … I can feel that right now,” he said.
“These kids just walked innocently, enjoyed each other’s company … and this morning I woke up and lost three kids.
“I told them to go for a walk, walk a little and stay together. “You must be fine.”
LETTER FROM DANIEL AND LEILA ABDALLAH
On Saturday, February 1, 2020 at around 7.30 p.m., our entire world collapsed with the senseless loss of three of our six children, Antony, Angelina and Sienna.
A fourth child was also killed – the daughter of our cousin Bridget Sakr, Veronique.
To encapsulate or express the heartbreaking pain and sorrow that we experience today, endless words of despair would be needed. This is an unimaginable tragedy; inscrutable beyond any description.
Our children are our reason for living. Educating them in accordance with the ways of God, teaching them to love, giving them every opportunity, and feeding them to positive and influential young men and women was and is our goal.
What is life without your children? How and where do we begin to pick up the pieces so that we can be effective parents for our three remaining angels?
We start with forgiveness.
We forgive the driver who killed our innocent children. His actions will be met before the earthly and heavenly judge. We have decided in our hearts to forgive him – for our sake, for our children’s sake, and even more so for Christ’s sake.
Our faith in Jesus Christ remains the foundation of our family and we believe that it will continue to help us through this difficult time.
Each passing day is a day closer to the day we are reunited with our angels. We will look at this moment; not backwards with yesterday’s pain.
As we have tried to understand last week, this devastating event has also shocked the world. It is our hope that through this everyone will know that regardless of the pain or despair, God will be a protection through this dark valley.
He is in control and eternity is in the palm of His divine hand. Our life here on earth is only a vapor compared to His eternal plans and the purpose that God has for His children.
We want to thank our family, our friends, our community and so many others from Australia and around the world for the overwhelming support we have received.
We have been humiliated and strengthened by the outpouring of love from all of you.
Please continue to accompany us in prayer at this time, this is a very heavy cross that we have been chosen to bear, but it is through God’s love that we continue.
May the peace of God through Jesus Christ be with us all,
Daniel and Leila Abdallah.