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Retired Fiji Rugby Star Plans Fundraiser For Paralysed Teen

Seventeen-year-old Aseri Bese has been left paralysed following a horrific swimming accident in New Zealand last month.
11 May 2019 13:16
Retired Fiji Rugby Star Plans Fundraiser For Paralysed Teen
Aseri Bese.

Retired Fijian rugby union player, Seremaia Bai said he would be doing a little fundraising to help Aseri Bese and his family.

Seventeen-year-old Aseri Bese has been left paralysed following a horrific swimming accident in New Zealand last month.

He was swimming with friends at Auckland’s Mission Bay after a rugby game, where they were jumping from a bridge into the sea when the incident happened.

Mr Bai said he could not imagine if he was the parent who had to go through that situation.

His son Seremaia Bai Junior was in the group that went swimming with Aseri who is now fighting for his life in Middlemore Hospital.

Aseri Bese.

Aseri Bese.

“My son and his other friends took him to the hospital and from what I heard, it would take him another two years to get back to his feet,” Mr Bai said.

“When my son calls, he’s always emotional which shows the bond and the love they shared.

“He tells us that that every day after school they will visit their mate at the hospital and stay with him till late night.

“As a parent sending your child away to study is a good thing and in that they look out for each other, but the situation at the moment is devastating.

“As a community doing whatever little we could to help his family would be appreciated,” Mr Bai said.

He added that with the time that would take Aseri to recover, “it would be good if we help out”.

Aseri and Bai jnr are Year 13 students at Kelston Boys’ High School.

Seremaia Bai

Seremaia Bai

According to reports on Stuff.co Aseri Bese SNR said his son was rushed to hospital after the accident on April 12.

Aseri dived into the water, hit his head on the seabed and was unable to swim back to shore, his dad told Stuff.

“The quick action from his friends did save him,” Mr Bese said.

Mr Bese said the incident has had a devastating impact on his son’s future and dreams.

Edited by Percy Kean

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