‘Miracle boy’ wakes up from coma

Maleli Saladrau finds comfort in his mother's arms as he recovers at his home in Suva after being in a coma for three weeks at the ICU ward in CWM Hospital. Maleli survived a near fatal accident last month after he was hit by a bus. Picture: JOVESA NAIS

Maleli Saladrau finds comfort in his mother's arms as he recovers at his home in Suva after being in a coma for three weeks at the ICU ward in CWM Hospital. Maleli survived a near fatal accident last month after he was hit by a bus. Picture: JOVESA NAIS

AS Christians around the country celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a mother in Suva has immersed herself in prayers of thanksgiving, praising God for ‘resurrecting’ her ‘miracle’ child.

Seruwaia Saladrau believes her son, who was in a coma as a result of an accident in February, was saved by God’s grace.

Maleli Saladrau, 25, was discharged from hospital last week, after spending more than a month at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

He was hit by a bus after dropping off an application at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua.

He had surgery after sustaining severe head injuries.

“I could not recognise my son’s face when I saw him on the hospital bed before he was taken in for surgery,” Ms Saladrau recalled.

She said he surprised medical officers with his fighting spirit, and two days after the surgery, doctors noticed movement in his foot.

“He uses his thumb when he talks to us but since he is recovering slowly, he does talk to us sometimes,” Ms Saladrau said.

She said her son did not remember much about the accident.

“I’ve always reminded him that God saved him and that he has a purpose for him on this Earth.”

Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio yesterday confirmed police had interviewed two people who witnessed the incident.

“The officers are waiting for the victim to be cleared medically before he is interviewed and then we will continue with the investigation,” Insp Qio said.

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