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Fijian footballers save life in Vanuatu

The Fiji national football team has been hailed heroes in Vanuatu, not for their on-field antics but for their quick action which saved the life of a child.

The team was returning from training and were headed back to their hotel when they witnessed a truck hit a child, a boy barely 10 years old.

The vehicle which hit the child halted to a stop and a crowd gathered, some looking on wondering what to do while others wanting to beat up the driver.

Fiji team physiotherapist Nishant Kumar sprang to action with only one thing mind, to save the life of the young Ni-Vanuatu.

“My immediate response was to run to him, and clear the area so I can help him. The quicker the intervention the better the prognosis,” Mr Kumar told The Pacific Advocate.

Nishant Kumar given a token of appreciation by Vanuatu media for his response to help the child. Picture Fiji Football
Physiotherapist Nishant Kumar, was honoured with a token of appreciation by the Vanuatu Media for being the first medical respondent in saving the life of a little boy who was severely injured in a road accident in Port Vila on Wednesday night as well. Picture: Fiji Football

“I remembered my training and knew what to do, staying calm is essential for us to focus. Plus helping the child was my priority.

“It was a combined team effort which enabled us to help to the best of our abilities. The Paramedics arrived soon as well and they took over and stabilised the child in their ambulance.

“This will be something that stays with me for life, i will reflect on this and see how i can inprove from here and upskill myself even more.”

It was indeed a combined team effort. While Mr Kumar and few players attended to the child, the other players made sure that there was no incidents of violence as a mob was gathering to rough up the driver.

The players told the crowd that the driver was not at fault as the child had run onto the road from behind a parked vehicle.

The scene of the accident where the boy was hit. Picture Supplied
The team was returning from training and were headed back to their hotel when they witnessed a truck hit a child, a boy barely 10 years old. Picture: Supplied

The players also lifted the child the into ambulance once it arrived. From reports in Port Vila, the child has survived. Team Fiji manager Anushil Kumar said at that point in time, the life of the child became the whole team’s priority.

“Our bus was not moving at the time of the accident and our players just ran out of the vehicle, some stopped the traffic while a few attended to the little boy,” said Mr Kumar

“The team remembered and prayed for that little kid in our evening devotion.”

Physiotherapist Nishant Kumar, was honoured with a token of appreciation by the Vanuatu Media for being the first medical respondent in saving the life of a little boy who was severely injured in a road accident in Port Vila on Wednesday night as well.

2 Comments
  1. SHAH SAIUM 1 week ago
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    Well done boys. May God bless you and your team for saving the little boy

  2. Amynio David Seresere 6 days ago
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    Thank you Guys proud of you..We owe you Big Time..

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