Mar 10, 2011 News
St Paul’s Primary School Grade Two student, seven-year-old Christina Melville, is now a patient of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after sustaining serious injuries after a minibus wheel ran over her right-side foot.
It was reported that Melville, who is currently a patient in the Paediatric Ward, was standing in front of the pedestrian crossing sign on Ben Profitt Drive, Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, outside of her school compound on Tuesday at 08:00hrs waiting patiently to cross the public road, when a speeding route 40 minibus hit her.
When Kaieteur News visited the child at the GPHC on Tuesday afternoon, she was in intense pain since her badly damaged foot which did not have much flesh from below the knee to the upper side of her right foot, was still bleeding.
She had spent all of Tuesday in the theatre undergoing surgery.
The badly traumatised child said “Ah feeling much better but my foot paining me badly. It hurting me a lot.”
Melville told this newspaper, in the presence of her mother and grandmother, that she was standing in the corner of the road waiting for the opportune moment to cross when she saw the minibus coming in her direction at a fast rate of speed. She did not anticipate that the driver would have hit her.
The driver was a woman. She (the driver of the mini-bus) stop and tell the boy that does work with me family that let he help take me to the hospital.”
With that the boy helped place Melville into the minibus and she was taken to the GPHC for immediate attention. When teachers of the school became aware of the situation, some rushed to the hospital.
According to Melville’s mother, she only learnt of the situation after her daughter was admitted in the hospital. She (the mother) works at the Kent Garment Factory which is located in close proximity to the St Paul’s Primary School.
Persons literally ran to her workplace to notify her of her daughter’s fate.
This newspaper understands that the driver, whose only given name was ‘Indira’, then telephoned her husband and notified him about the incident. Her husband then arrived at the GPHC in a short time frame and the couple began to continuously state that “the child isn’t hurt. It isn’t anything serious. It is a little matter.”
It was further reported that the police then ventured to the room in which Melville was hospitalised. However she was having an x-ray conducted, and no one was allowed to see her at that point in time.
The girl’s family stated that the woman called “Indira” was released from the station on $50,000 bail even before the medical was submitted.
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