…Zeelugt water woes blamed
Due to the shortage of water at Tuschen and Zeelugt, one family was forced into another predicament on Tuesday last.
On the day in question, 14-year-old Faoud Bacchus, a third form student of Zeeburg Secondary School, left school for Parika, where he reached his parents, who had just purchased a 450-gallon tank to store water due to the water shortage for over six months.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Faoud said that he jumped into the back of the Canter truck that his father hired to take the tank which by now was filled with water, to their home at Zeelugt.
The lad said that they were on their way home when disaster struck. According to him, he was standing in the middle of the canter, when at the Tuschen New Scheme, he observed a minibus that was taking a passenger aboard, pull out from the kerb ahead of the Canter.
This caused the driver to apply brakes to the vehicle. This caused the tank to slide forward and pin the lad.
Sharon Bacchus, the boy’s mother who was in the cabin of the Canter, with her husband Wazir, said that if it were not for the recklessness of the minibus driver – hurrying to pull out in front of the Canter -that would never have happened.
She said after the Canter stopped, she heard her son screaming. They quickly disembarked from the cabin only to see the lad pinned helplessly in the tray. With the help of some public-spirited citizens, she was able to pry the lad and rushed him to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Sharon Bacchus said that they saw a doctor who informed them that Faoud’s right leg was broken two places and that he needed surgery. She said that they immediately paid money for his admission and the surgery. They were then informed that the surgery would be conducted the next morning.
She said that the entire day she sat there waiting anxiously for his surgery, only to be informed that the surgery would performed on him soon, because the hospital only has one theatre, and depending on the nature of surgery cases, most surgeries are conducted by a turn system.
“If they know that they would have taken so long to operate on my son, they should have informed me when the surgery would be conducted before they took my money, so I could have taken my son to another hospital to be looked after right away, instead of having him languish in pain one whole day and night.” she added.
“If there wasn’t a water problem, this would never have happened to him,” another relative opined.
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