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Family fights on

Maciu Malo
Friday, March 01, 2013

A FAMILY'S hope of improving their standard of living is bleak with their sole bread winner confined to his bed for the past three months.

Twenty one-year-old Yogendra Sami dropped out from school in Class Eight because of the financial constraints faced by his unemployed parents.

Speaking from his Nadi home, Mr Sami said his childhood dream was to be successful in life and to raise the family's living standard.

Due to his parent's financial status he was unable to secure a good education but this did not deter him from reaching his goal.

He opted out of school in search of jobs to help support his family's daily needs and whatever money he earned enabled his family to get by each day.

For the last couple of years, he was a casual worker in several supermarkets until securing a permanent job with a company in Nadi five months ago, before the accident happened.

Mr Sami was electrocuted last December and is unable to walk. He is confined to a wheelchair.

He said his hope of fulfilling his childhood dream was slowly fading away but was hopeful there would be light at the end of the tunnel.

"I have been bedridden for the past three months but I am hopeful that I will recover to fulfil my dream of helping my parents," Mr Sami said.

"I wanted to improve my family's standard of living until that fateful day when the accident happened.

"I am still hopeful that I will be able to walk to fulfil my dream despite being told by doctors that I have 50 per cent chance of recovering."

His mum Saras Wati, 44, said seeing her bedridden 'angel' every day always brought tears.

"My son is a hardworker and always wanted to help lift the family's standard of living since my husband is sickly and doesn't have a job.

"But despite my son's health status, I am always positive that he will recover," she said.

The family lives along the Nadi Back Rd and because of financial constraints, they cannot afford to pay for the power supply from the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA).

Mrs Wati said the family did not have enough money for their daily needs and they desperately needed assistance.

"We are paying $30 per fortnight for diapers and we also need money to buy our daily needs," she said.





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