Boy survives gunshot, recovers from coma

A boy from Ti’avea is fighting for his life at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital after he survived being shot on the mouth at Satapuala, last week.

When the Samoa Observer visited the hospital on Wednesday, the boy had just woken from a coma, which he fell into since he was shot a week ago.

It was not possible to get a comment from the Police and the Ministry of Health officials.

At the hospital, however, the boy’s mother, who requested if her name could be kept from publication for fear of repercussions, said she is grateful her son is making good progress.

"I do not know what happened to him,” she said. “All I know is that he went with his friends and something happened where he was shot.

“My focus right now is his recovery and that's what matters the most.”

The mother said her son was shot on the right cheek. He is surviving on liquids being fed through a tube.

"The doctors said his teeth can be wired with braces when he recovers,” she said.

“Right now, he is being fed with only milk through the tube, that has been inserted through his neck.”

The mother added that the wound on his mouth is quite serious but she is remaining positive that it could be cured.

“He has to breathe through the tube through his neck,” she said. “He cannot talk but he can communicate through the use of hand signals.”


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