THREE survivors of the fatal Karatu school bus accident are set to return to the country in August from the United States where they had been admitted for specialized medical treatment.
Doreen Elibariki, Sadia Awadh and Wilson Tarimo, the only survivors in the horrific crash that occurred in May 6, claiming the lives of 32 people in Rhotia-Karatu area, will arrive back in the country next month, according to information obtained yesterday from the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Website.
The International relief organization said the three children who suffered severe injuries in the fatal crash were now recovering well and were set to return to Tanzania in August.
The students are said to have sustained 17 fractures among them and required operations to deal with injuries suffered in the horrific crash where they were airlifted from the Kilimanjaro International Airport in May 14, this year, by the Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 aircraft for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
“Sadhia and Wilson are now walking independently and making great progress in rehabilitating their upper-extremity injuries,” explained Dr Steve Meyer, a Sioux City orthopedic surgeon who serves at the hospital. “Doreen, who arrived in critical condition and was paralyzed from the waist down, miraculously walked for the first time last week,” he added.
According to the International Relief Organization, the three survivors had on July 4, which is the Independence Day in the US, participated in a local semi-pro baseball game, igniting cheers from the crowd watching from the stands.Following the continued rehabilitation, Dr Meyer said the three children, along with their mothers, were expected to return to Tanzania in mid-August.
“God has touched these kids, especially on seeing how they got here when they arrived in May and now just over six weeks later. This is absolutely phenomenal and transformational”, he said.
In May, this year, 32 of the children’s primary school classmates, two teachers and a driver were involved in a horrific crash when the driver lost control, leaving it to plunge into a steep ravine in Rhotia, Karatu in Arusha Region.While condoling with the bereaved families, President John Magufuli described the accident as a national tragedy.