Rajnesh Kumar with his daughter Priyanka Kumar at Kerebula, Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH
TODAY, as thousands of Hindus gather with family and friends to share sweets and food, and light firecrackers to celebrate Diwali, a family in Kerebula, Nadi will ponder on the plight of their disabled daughter.
Priyanka Kumar, 14, was struck by a vehicle on the Nadi Back Rd on June 24 while walking home after school.
She suffered extensive injuries to her pelvis, back and head and went into a coma.
Her father, Rajnesh Kumar said after she came out of the coma, Priyanka spent a further three months in hospital.
Since then, Mr Kumar has watched his daughter’s condition deteriorate. She is unable to function as a normal teenager. Her once bright demeanour replaced by frustration that her injuries have caused.
“Someone has to stay at home and watch her all the time because she always goes into mood swings and speaks every day about taking her life,” the 43-year-old shared.
Mr Kumar, a victim of a vicious robbery seven years ago, has a severe disability in one hand after being struck with a knife during the attack. While assisting his daughter get on to her wheelchair several weeks ago, the tendons on his hand were damaged and he is now in constant pain.
“But I can’t worry about myself, I have to think about how we’re going to eat and where our next meal is going to come from.”
So far, the family has been surviving on the generosity of good Samaritans.
However, Mr Kumar is concerned the driver of the vehicle that hit his daughter has not been charged.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the case was still open.
“The investigation has been completed from our end and the file was submitted to the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions for sanctioning. We are still waiting for their advice,” she said.
Source : The Fiji Times On Line