I’m writing today’s post for my cousin, Mae, who is at the hospital right now undergoing a 4-hour operation to repair her right leg.
You see, she had an accident early morning today on her way to work. Her left leg’s already on the first step of a PUV when another rushing PUV smashed directly at her. She was stuck in the middle. When the PUV pulled back, nobody came at her rescue. My cousin, thank God, was conscious and shouted for help at the bystanders. Again, nobody dared to help her and all just stood there like the usual and pathetic "ususeros and ususeras" there can be. Thankfully, somebody from their neighborhood saw her and rushed immediately to her house to inform her mother.
After a few minutes, a rescue team came and took her at a municipal hospital. I don’t want to detail anymore the treatment the patient got there, suffice it to say that the hospital did nothing to help the wounds in her leg. In fact, we’re not even sure if the blanket they used to her her bloodied leg is clean.
By afternoon today, she was transferred at a private hospital. Her parents, brother and my mom were the ones by her side and dealt with the doctors. I was left home to take care of my pamangkin who is here for a supposed to be vacation. I very much wanted to come to see Mae who is already like a younger sister to me but I just can’t leave the baby while his parents (my brother and sis-in-law) are at an important seminar.
I would learn from my mom later that the whole of Mae’s right leg was damaged. The impact was so great, my cousin will need lots of therapy sessions after. The doctors also said that she may not be able to walk normally again, as the muscle tissues have been severely damaged.
As for the erring driver, would you believe that all he said was just he’s sorry and that it was an accident. He looked drugged, my aunt said. They already filed a case against him, and our family will make sure that this driver will learn his lesson the hard way.
I chose to wrote about this today to caution everyone to be very, very careful. Always say a prayer when you travel. There are just too many reckless drivers out there it’s already scary to commute. And even if you’re driving your own car, it’s still scary. The world is no longer a safe place, indeed.
My cousin’s accident is just one of the many, if not hundreds, of accidents involving reckless driving everyday. I wish for our lawmakers to pass a bill requiring PUV drivers to undergo random drug and alcohol tests quarterly, at their expense, or lose their franchise forever. We can’t let these devils roam our roads and hurt innocent commuters who, like them, are just ordinary workers earning their keeps.
As for Mae, she is a very brave girl who managed to tell her doctors where the pains in her body where. She was also able to tell her parents and the investigators all the details surrounding the accident, as she was amazingly conscious the whole time.
Btw, Mae is my wedding’s candle sponsor. Right now, I can’t think of anyone who can replace her. I thank the Lord for heeding my prayers earlier, and kept her from the worst. I will pray now for her smooth recovery and justice. Please pray for her too.