Mum’s pain a warning as families hit the road for Christmas
In the days before Christmas, a seven-year-old girl is unlikely to stray far from her hospital bed following the crash that killed her adored “auntie” figure.
The “hero nurse” was killed and four others injured in the collision near Lake Rotoiti.
From her daughter’s bedside, mother Amanda Lorin says it’s horrifying to think of how many other families could go through the same these holidays.
Hospitals were seeing more major trauma from road collisions.
Even when crashes weren’t fatal, lives could be changed forever following “devastating” injuries, Waikato DHB trauma surgeon Grant Christey said.
“Numbers of major trauma have gone up from 240 last year, in 2018, to over 320 in 2019.
“Mostly high speed road crashes including cars with young people, that seems to be on the increase.”
“The most devastating thing is when you see a young person come in with a severe brain injury. We know their lives are never going to be the same.
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Stuff: Ruby Nyika, December 21, 2019