Oatlands tragedy: Family faces costly medical bills after no access to Medicare

Oatlands tragedy: Family faces costly medical bills after no access to Medicare

Rania Geagea Kassas is dealing with every parent’s nightmare as she begged people to pray for her son who has been in a coma for over a week.

Earlier this month, the young boy was walking with his cousins to get ice cream when an alleged drunk driver mounted the footpath and hit the children.

The child suffered critical injuries to his head and spine and was placed in an induced coma.

Sadly, he is yet to realise that the accident took the lives of his four cousins and best friends; Antony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah and Veronique Sakr.

“He needs your prayers now,” his mother told 10 News First.

“I think he is happy with his cousins like he is in heaven, and then he’s going to come back after the funeral and he’s going to tell us about … his trip.”

The three Abdallah children were laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony held at the Maronite Catholic rite at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park yesterday.

Two more children were injured in the crash, but they have since been discharged from hospital and being taken care of by their family.

The boy remains in the intensive care unit at Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. He is in a stable condition and is in an induced coma and is being monitored every two to three hours.

His uncle, Anthony Geagea revealed that he could remain in a coma for up to six months and they won’t know just how much damage has been caused to his brain and spine until after he wakes up.

“When he wakes up, the doctor will give us a full diagnosis,” he said.

Currently, the driver’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance will cover the immediate hospital bills but the family’s neighbour has set up a GoFundMe page to help ease the financial burden once the boy has woken up.

His parents do not have access to Medicare as they’ve only been in Australia for a short time.

“All medical expenses are out of pocket and will increase dramatically,” says the fundraising page.

“Any donation made towards this beautiful humble family is greatly appreciated.”

The boy’s parents have not been able to return to work, and won’t be able to for some time as he needs full-time care.

“We don’t know what is going to happen – maybe he will need medicine, maybe he will need lots of equipment,” said his mother.

So far, close to $130,000 have been raised as they attempt to reach their $150,000 goal.