'He Needs Your Prayers Now', Pleads Mother Of Boy Critically Injured In Oatlands Crash
With her rosary beads in one hand and the other holding onto her husband, Rania Geagea Kassas begged for prayers for her boy who has been in a coma for more than a week.
The boy was walking with his cousins to get ice cream earlier this month when an out-of-control driver allegedly mounted the footpath and hit the children.
The boy suffered critical injuries to his head and spine and was placed in an induced coma.
Sadly, he is yet to realise the crash took his four cousins and best friends: Antony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah and Veronique Sakr.
“He needs your prayers now,” his mother told 10 News First.
“I think he is happy with his cousins, like he is in heaven, and then he’s going to come back after the funeral and he’s going to tell us about … his trip.”
The funeral for the three Abdallah children was held on Monday in the Maronite Catholic rite at the Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park.
Two more children were injured in the crash, but they have since been released from hospital and are being supported by their family.
The boy remains in the intensive care unit at Sydney's Westmead Children’s Hospital. He is in a stable condition in an induced coma and is being monitored every two to three hours.
His uncle, Anthony Geagea, said he could be in a coma for up to six months and that they won't know of the damage to his brain or spine until he wakes up.
“When he wakes up, the doctor will give us a full diagnosis,” he said.
While the driver’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance will cover the immediate hospital bills, the family's neighbour has set up a GoFundMe page to help them financially after the boy has woken up.
His parents have only been in Australia for a short time and do not have access to Medicare.
“All medical expenses are out of pocket and will increase dramatically,” the fundraising page says.
“Any donation made towards this beautiful humble family is greatly appreciated.”
The boy's parents have not been able to return to work, and won't be able to for some time as he needs full-time care.
“We don’t know what is going to happen -- maybe he will need medicine, maybe he will need lots of equipment,” his mother said.
“[My neighbour] is not worried about us now, she is worried about us after he wakes up.”
At time of writing, more than $100,000 has been raised.