BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - THE student who was hit by a car last week has regained consciousness and has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to a regular ward.
This was notified by relatives who were seen keeping watch over him at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital yesterday. A police report of the accident recorded the victim, Ak Muhd Zulhelmi Pg Yunus, having sustained severe injuries to his head, hands and legs.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, a relative who asked not to be named said that he (Ak Muhd Zulhelmi) is making a slow recovery and that his condition has improved.
Her request for anonymity was made out of respect to the parents and to enable the family to get over the harrowing incident.
At the ward where Ak Muhd Zulhelmi was moved, relatives as well as the kind-hearted individuals who helped during the accident were seen mingling around outside while they waited for a chance to personally see how he was doing.
The relative said that Ak Muhd Zulhelmi's first words when he gained consciousness was 'Mama'.
Her recollection of that day was utter relief upon hearing his voice.
Pg Hj Bakar Pg Hj Othman and his wife, who without a moment's hesitation sped through traffic to race the boy to hospital also shared the relief felt by the family, saying that in some way he truly felt connected to them.
"In my car, I witnessed a commotion with some men pointing towards a person in a car," recalled the eyewitness who was picking up his child from school.
"Then my wife pointed out a student lying face down on the road, it appeared as if he was gone, but I could not give up on him. I sensed his heart was still beating, so some bystanders and I got him in my car - as all we could think about was getting the boy to the hospital as fast as we could."
On behalf of the boy's family, the aunt conveyed their sincerest gratitude to those who offered what they could to help him in his hour of need.