The two Hilda Skeene Primary School students who were struck by a freezer truck just a stone’s throw from their Union, St Philip home as they made their way there from school, remain hospitalized.
Five-year-old Sanchez Marshall is able to get up and run around, with doctors still monitoring him.
However, when Barbados TODAY visited them at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today, Marshall’s ten-year-old aunt, Loren Wright, was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
She was crying out for pain and was only able to consume liquids.
They received head and other injuries.
Marshall’s mother, Wendy Wright, who said she had stayed close to her son and sister since she rushed from work to the accident scene, added that while doctors had informed her that the boy would soon be able to go home, she was praying and hoping for the speedy recovery of her young sibling.
Police reports indicate that the accident occurred around 3:27 p.m. on Wednesday, when the children were walking along Union Road, heading south towards Belair Road. The report said three large dogs barking at a residence in the area sent the children running across the road. They were struck by the truck.
“They are still monitoring the boy, and he is supposed to get discharged tomorrow, depends on how he react during the day. But we are still waiting on her [Loren]. I don’t think she going home tomorrow for sure, but hopefully she recovers like my son,” Wright said.
“All two of them received serious injuries, but I mean, I was surprised when my son was up the next morning and running,” she added. Wright told Barbados TODAY that the children usually got a ride or walk home from school.
She said she was told Loren attempted to shield her nephew from the impact.
Along with expressing appreciation to the doctors and nurses at the QEH for the care, she was also grateful to those concerned citizens who gathered at scene, and stayed with the children until they left in the ambulances.
“Nobody was concerned about taking pictures and stuff. Everybody wanted the children to stay awake and for them to get to the hospital,” Wright said.