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Pull the Plug, Doctors Advise Brother of Valelevu Accident Victim

Sushil Chand clung onto his sisters’ photo yesterday hoping for a medical miracle to arrive. Mr Chand is already mourning the death of one sister, Archana Chand, who earlier died
19 Sep 2018 11:47
Pull the Plug, Doctors Advise Brother of Valelevu Accident Victim
IN HAPPIER DAYS... Accident victims (from left) Arti Chand, 35, and sister Archana Chand, 25. Archana died on Sunday while Arti passed away on Wednesday.

Sushil Chand clung onto his sisters’ photo yesterday hoping for a medical miracle to arrive.

Mr Chand is already mourning the death of one sister, Archana Chand, who earlier died on Sunday after being hit by a minivan.

He admits that the family’s optimism for his other sister, Arti, to pull through is what has been holding them back to make the bold decision to agree to the medical practitioners’ advice.

Mr Chand said he went again to the hospital yesterday and this time three doctors sat with him and talked to him about the situation of his sister and recommended that she be removed from life support.

Arti has been intubated and ventilated for the past three days at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. She sustained serious head injuries in the accident that claimed her sister’s life.

It is alleged that a driver in a van was driving under the influence of alcohol when he bumped the two sisters and a man in Valelevu, Nasinu, on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the driver is in custody. He has been charged with one count of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, drunk driving and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. He will be presented at the Nasinu Magistrates Court today.

Sushil Chand with wife Litiana Marama and family member Dinesh Kumar with the picture of his two sisters Arti and Archana Chand, who were hit by a vehicle on September 16, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Sushil Chand with wife Litiana Marama and family member Dinesh Kumar with the picture of his two sisters Arti and Archana Chand, who were hit by a vehicle on September 16, 2018.
Photo: Ronald Kumar

Hope for his sister

Mr Chand said he and the family still hoped that his 35-year-old sister would pull through, and as a result of this, delaying their decision to pull the plug.

When this edition went to press last night, Arti was still on life support.

“It is very saddening for me right now to undergo this pain, especially after hearing from doctors that Arti’s heart is only beating through the ventilator,” he said.

Mr Chand said it was a serious matter and they had been visiting the hospital ever since Sunday in the hope of receiving that some form of good news would be available.

“We wish Arti would recover, but this is a nightmare, which will be there for the rest of our lives,” Mr Chand said.

“I hope justice is given to my sisters because innocent lives were lost on the road.”

Mr Chand said because of the carelessness and negligence of some drivers families have lost loved ones who could not be replaced.

“People should be mindful of the steps they take in life and as we all know drinking and driving is illegal so why take the risk?” Mr Chand said.

“We come from a poor family and the situation we are in right now is very critical.”

Mr Chand said should the news not be on their side, they hoped to do funeral arrangements for his two sisters together.

Brain dead vs Coma

According to the Donor Recovery website, brain dead is death.

A patient who is in a coma or persistent vegetative state typically has some brainstem function (which controls breathing) and possibly other brain function. When a person is brain dead, no part of the brain is functioning any longer.

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