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Fatal Car Crash Victim Recovers At Home

Accident victim, Ledua Naitau, who was involved in a fatal road accident at Korovuto, Nadi, is still coming to terms with the loss of her dear friend and neighbour, Kalesi
30 Mar 2017 11:00
Fatal Car Crash Victim Recovers  At Home
Accident victim, Ledua Naitau.

Accident victim, Ledua Naitau, who was involved in a fatal road accident at Korovuto, Nadi, is still coming to terms with the loss of her dear friend and neighbour, Kalesi Vasikula.

Mrs Naitau is nursing injuries at her home in Tau Village.

She and the late Ms Vasikula were passengers in that February 29 accident, which left them in critical condition in the Women’s Trauma Ward at Lautoka Hospital.

Ms Vasikula, 41, later died from severe injuries sustained on her upper spine after being hospitalised for more than a week.

Mrs Naitau who is from Village, but married in Tau Village said the memories of that day remained fresh.

She last spoke to her late friend the morning before her death.

“We were both still in hospital. The physiotherapist was helping me with my leg when she called: ‘Dua bula, lako mai davo e yasaqu (Ledua Bula, come lay down next to me.)’

“I tried to smile back as I was still in pain and that afternoon she passed away.”

The 54-year-old said it was really hard on her returning home without her best friend.

“We were very close. I would always help her with things that she needed for her family, and our business of selling lunch packs at Marriott had prospered.

“She was telling me that she wanted to join the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay Resort when it completed construction,” she said.

Mrs Naitau has had numerous surgeries to her face and nose.

She said she was asleep when the accident happened.

“When I woke up, I was sitting outside and a guy was trying to help lift me up to a car,” she said.

“I was falling in and out of consciousness.

“It took me two solid weeks before the nurses tried to help me understand what had happened.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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