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Distraught dad seeks assistance

Litia Vulaidausiga
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

THE father of an 18-year-old woman left permanently disabled after a car crash last year is desperate for help.

Satyawan James said he had exhausted all avenues trying to get financial assistance to fund further treatment and support equipment for his daughter Shireen Lata.

Ms Lata's right leg was amputated below the knee after the private car she was a passenger in crashed into a bridge railing between Ba and Lautoka on November 28 last year.

Mr James unsuccessfully sought a third party insurance policy claim with Sun Insurance, which noted that Ms Lata was a passenger, and did not have a valid claim.

"I have gone to several places asking for help but nothing has come," he said.

"I am trying to fundraise and sometimes we have to go without food. We have survived on the goodwill of some people in the neighbourhood."

The former canecutter from Vaqia, Ba said he was unemployed and caring for two people on a full-time basis.

"I look after my daughter now and also my wife who suffered a stroke seven years ago and is mentally ill."

The driver of the private vehicle Ms Lata was travelling in was charged for dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm in December.

He returned to Australia after being fined $300 alongside a five-month driving suspension.

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