Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Financial Burden in Hospital Vigil; Bills Mount as Son Recovers from Burns in Brisbane

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Financial Burden in Hospital Vigil; Bills Mount as Son Recovers from Burns in Brisbane

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Byline: PETER WEEKES Senior reporter

IT WAS the call every mother dreads.

Late on December 30, third-generation Lismore resident Nina Collins received a phone call informing her that her 15-year-old son, Kyle, was fighting for his life.

He was in Royal Brisbane Hospital with a fractured skull and severe burns to much of his body.

Ms Collins can't remember exactly what emotions ran through her mind a all she knew was she had to get to Brisbane to be with her son.

Kyle's injuries were extensive and he was in a coma for two days, Ms Collins said.

aThey won't know if there is any long-term brain damage until later,a she said.

Kyle, who moved from Lismore to live with his father in Bundaberg about two years ago, had climbed on top of a shipping container to watch the rising floodwaters in the region.

He was hit by arching electricity from a sagging overhead power lines and fell to the ground, fracturing his skull.

Yesterday, the teenager was recovering in hospital from his second skin-graft. …

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