14-yr.-old survivor needs to undergo operation

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Saturday, February 8, 2014


ONE of the three high school students who survived after they were hit by a car in Boljoon, Cebu is still in delicate condition.

Melissa Mendez, 14, will have to undergo surgery to fix her broken arm.

“Dili pa siya kabuka sa iyang mata. Dili sad niya malihok iyang tiil (She can’t open her eyes. She also can’t move her feet),” her 47-year-old mother Marciana told Sun.Star Cebu.

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The doctor, Marciana said, also wants Melissa to undergo a computerized tomography scan to see if the impact damaged her brain.

The second-year high school student is confined in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City.

Since Melissa was brought in to the hospital, Marciana said her daughter has received three bags of blood because of severe bleeding. The girl sustained injuries in her body and head.

She responds when her mother and brother Jimar, 19, calls out her name.

“Molihok siya. Makadungog ra diay siya namo (She would move. Apparently, she could hear us),” Marciana added.

Melissa’s classmates Kynth Marie Mendez, 14, and Nice Ancheta, 15, are also recuperating in the same hospital. They’re in stable condition.

Shouldering the bills

Marciana, during the interview, said they won’t file charges against Al-Dhinier Hadjul Sanaani, 26, as long as he shoulders her daughter’s hospital bills.

“I just want her to get well. I want her to return to normal,” she said.

Marciana said Sanaani’s camp has promised to help them until Melissa fully recovers.

The girls were walking home along the road in Barangay Poblacion after their class last Thursday afternoon when the incident happened.

Sanaani of Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City was heading home with a female companion after delivering medicines in Dumaguete City,
Negros Oriental when his car crashed at the Lusapon Bridge past 4 p.m. after it overshot and flipped over.

Three of Melissa’s schoolmates, who were set to graduate on March, were killed. They were identified as Judy Ann Lomera, 18; Cristy Marie Estella, 18; and Joanne Marie Romero, 16.

Police are set to file charges against Sanaani, a medical representative.

SPO3 Roderick Roma, chief investigator of the Boljoon Police Station, said they are only waiting for the affidavits of the girls’ families.

Tomorrow, Sanaani will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Roma told Sun.Star Cebu said the driver remains confined in a hospital in Cebu City, with a police escort.

Yesterday, the families of the victims wondered why Sanaani is not in jail.

They settled down after Roma explained to them his condition.

“We can’t deny his right to receive treatment,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 09, 2014.

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