‘Grateful to be alive’

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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HAPPY TO LIVE: Otto Felise Wulf.

HAPPY TO LIVE: Otto Felise Wulf.

Otto Felise Wulf is “grateful” to be alive. The man whose wife poured boiling water on his head two weeks ago is finally out of the hospital.

Mr. Wulf, a 37-year-old, was hospitalized for eight days at the Surgical Ward in Moto’otua. He had spent three days in the Intensive Care Unit. 

“The near death experience, while an unpleasant experience, is a wake up call to say the least,” he said.  

“What I mean is, don’t take life for granted, you never know what tomorrow may bring.”

The father of four sustained severe burns all over his body as a result of what happened. He told the Samoa Observer he was under the influence of alcohol. 

“It’s a life changing incident and because of what had occurred, I’ve had to put a lot of things in perspective with my life and especially for my children,” said Mr. Wulf.

From Vaiusu, Mr. Wulf who is a mechanic by profession said what happened was totally unexpected.

“I got home and jokingly told my wife to ‘boil some hot water to make some noodles for the chief.

“The next thing I fell asleep while sitting. Then I felt this sharp sensational pain on my scalp. When I jumped up, I found that the hot water had been poured on my head and it spilled on to my face, chest and on my stomach. 

Otto Felise Wulf.
Otto Felise Wulf.

“I jumped up. Then left to catch a ride to the hospital, and my nine year old daughter followed me to the road. 

“I caught a taxi on the road to the hospital and I was admitted into the I.C.U. immediately.”

Mr. Wulf told the Samoa Observer that after being admitted he went into a deep sleep. 

“I woke up thinking, it was only a dream, but no it wasn’t I was in the hospital,” said Mr Wulf. 

“So now, all I am focusing on is getting my strength and working even harder to care for my children and I am not bothered with what the rest of the world say. 

“If anything had happened, who would care for my children…..so again this was a wakeup call, and while its under difficult circumstances. 

“I am just thankful to be alive today,” said Mr. Wulf.

Mr. Wulf declined to discuss what led to the incident.  

Last week Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, confirmed the matter is now with the Police.

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