DOHA: An eight-month pregnant Filipina nurse working with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was among four persons killed in a road accident near
Al Khor yesterday.
At least 10 persons, all HMC employees, were injured, some of them critically, in the crash.
The deceased included another Filipina and a 34-year-old Indian nurse from Kerala, Danny Thomas, and their male Sudanese colleague, Mohamed Nasruddin Ahmed, 36.
Those killed and injured were working with Al Khor Hospital and were being taken in a minibus from Doha to join the morning shift. Ahmed was in charge of the Nursing Department of Al Khor Hospital.
The accident took place between 6 and 6.30 in the morning when the vehicle sharply veered from the road and turned turtle after one of the tyres burst.
The driver, Mohamed Bashir, also an Indian from Kerala, suffered fractures on his right shoulder and is undergoing emergency
One of the injured, a Tunisian, was described by doctors to be in a very critical condition and remains admitted in the trauma intensive care unit of HMC.
The five others who were also critically injured have their vital signs intact and they are being treated at the emergency trauma unit of HMC.
One of them was rushed for immediate surgery. His condition could not be known until late in the night.
The HMC, while confirming the death of four of its employees, said in a statement yesterday that the cause of the accident was being investigated by the authorities.
“We are in contact with the families of those involved in the tragic accident,” the HMC statement said.
The pregnant Filipina nurse who perished in the crash was identified as Marianne Cabuay. She was to deliver her second child. Her only child is studying at the Philippine School Doha (PSD) and the school’s Parent-Teachers’ Association said they would be raising funds for the bereaved family.
On the other hand, the husband of the other Filipina victim Claryvil Miranda remains admitted in HMC’s intensive care unit. He was brought there three days ago for some serious illness.
Miranda died on the spot, whereas Cabuay succumbed to her injuries while she was being attended to by doctors at the emergency trauma unit.
Danny Thomas, the Indian female nurse who leaves behind her son and husband here, was unlucky as informed sources said that she was supposed to travel in another minibus but since it was packed to capacity, its driver urged Bashir, the driver of the ill-fated vehicle, to accommodate her in his van.
Faisal, an Indian working as a cashier at the emergency unit of Al Khor Hospital, said he travelled in this minibus from Doha every morning but fortunately on Saturday, his shift was changed.
Peninsula Tuesday, 05 July 2011 04:53
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