NEWS

Hospital’ Gave Panadol’to Hurt Boy, 3

A family of Wailevu Village in Labasa is mourning the death of their three-year-old son, Ratu Meli Vakaruru Niumataiwalu who died after a double washtub fell on him. The three-year-old boy
17 Aug 2016 11:06
Hospital’ Gave Panadol’to Hurt Boy, 3
Losalini Ledua (left) with her husband, Waisea Raiqiso and five year old son, Eparama Laiva in their house at Wailevu Village in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

A family of Wailevu Village in Labasa is mourning the death of their three-year-old son, Ratu Meli Vakaruru Niumataiwalu who died after a double washtub fell on him.

The three-year-old boy was playing outside with his five-year-old brother Eparama Laiva and two cousins at Y-corner in Labasa at a relative’s house when the accident happened.

Mother, Losalini Ledua, 29 said the parents took their two sons for a visit to her cousin’s house in Labasa last Sunday.

“After lunch my sons and my cousin’s two children went out to play while we were inside the house,” Mrs Ledua said.

“Suddenly we heard my eldest five-year-old son, Eparama Laiva scream.We went out and saw a double concrete washtub on Ratu Meli.

“My cousin ran out and lifted the washtub.”

Ms Ledua said her son could not stand well on his feet and was holding his stomach with his head buried between the arms.

“We quickly took him to Labasa Hospital,” she said.

“The doctor did his x-ray, scan and sent us home giving Panadol.

“My son while in hospital once vomited brown liquid and was gasping. The doctor knew about it.

“However, he advised us to give Panadol to Ratu Meli every six hours and if anything happens then bring him back to the hospital.”

She said the family was surprised with his advice.

“Later in the evening he complained of pain, was gasping and continued to vomit,” Ms Ledua said.

“So we took him to hospital at 10pm and after one hour he died.”

The boy’s father 30-year-old Waisea Raiqiso who is one of the sons of the Tui Wailevu, Ratu Rokodelawa Niumataiwalu said his son’s death had shaken the family.

“My son was very active, gentle and always ready to go to church every Sunday,” Mr Raiqiso said.

“His charm and childlike character always encouraged others to have a smile on their face.It is very hard to accept that he is no more around us.”

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that the Police had received the report and investigating the case.

When Fiji Sun contacted the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar, she said she was unaware of the incident.

“I am not aware of this; however, an investigation will be carried out,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

 



Fijisun Ad Space


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Fijisun E-edition
Advertise here
Fiji Sun I-Report
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper