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Three Accident Survivors Beat The Odds To Graduate As Nurses

What does not kill you makes you stronger, says Anaseini Diroko, a graduate of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Bachelor of nursing programme. Ms Diroko was one of
08 Dec 2016 11:00
Three Accident Survivors Beat  The Odds To Graduate As Nurses
From Left: TOP: The vehicle in which the students were travelling in at time of the accident. Photo: Maraia Vula Useibia Ciba, Anaseini Diroko with ‘miracle’ daughter Lynette, and Rosa Tunabuna at the Labasa Civic Centre yesterday. Photo: Josaia Ralago

What does not kill you makes you stronger, says Anaseini Diroko, a graduate of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Bachelor of nursing programme.

Ms Diroko was one of the three nursing students involved in a road accident last year while travelling to the Coqeloa Nursing Station, outside Labasa.

The vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road near the station on their final week of the six weeks attachment.

With her “survivor” daughter in her arms, Ms Diroko, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the accident, yesterday said: “I thought I could not make it after the accident and I thought my baby was going to die. They also thought I would not be able to graduate, but here I am.

“It was just a few months before we could graduate. I spent two months in the hospital. Medical officers thought my baby had died as I had placenta abruptio when she made a miraculous recovery.”

Placenta Abruptio is when the placenta separates too early from the wall of the uterus.

“This has taught me to work hard, appreciate the little things and always learn to stand up and fight when the world tries to bring you down.

“I dedicate this certificate to my daughter, Lynette Vavalagi,” the 23-year-old said.

Her friend, Rosa Tunabuna, said: “I was initially disheartened after the accident. I was in the hospital for one month before I sought traditional remedies through body massage from some experts.

“I had no interest in school thinking nursing was not for me. And then I thought I was so close to the finish line as my life-long dream to be a part of this profession, and I told myself I had to give it another shot. And I did it.

“It was never an easy journey, but God works in wondrous ways.”

Unlike Ms Diroko, her friend Useibia Ciba was not so fortunate, she lost her child during the accident.

“It was a day that I would never forget. I was six months pregnant and I had to spend three months in the hospital after that,” the graduate nurse from Dogotuki said.

“It took a lot of strength to come back to school and face my fears. It took time, strength and will power to make it back to school to graduate.

“Having faced all that, I am more than determined to succeed in life and if my heart is set on something I will work hard towards it.”

The graduation was at the Labasa Civic Centre yesterday.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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