Young Sea World crash survivor fights on


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The 10-year-old boy seriously injured in a Gold Coast helicopter crash continues to “fight the good fight” as he recovers from the deadly collision.

But Nicholas Tadros still has a lengthy health battle ahead, with doctors likely to decide as soon as this week if his right leg should be amputated, his family priest said.

The Sydney boy was on board one of two helicopters involved in the crash at Sea World on January 2.

His mother Vanessa, British couple Ron and Diane Hughes, and pilot Ashley Jenkinson died after the two aircraft collided mid-air and one crashed into a sand bar.

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Nicholas Tadros, with his parents. He remains in a critical condition in a Queensland hospital. Photo: Facebook

Family priest Father Suresh Kumar has revealed in an emotional update to social media that the grade 5 student continued to take baby steps toward recovery.

“I am very happy that I spoke to our little Nicholas today. I had tears when [his dad] Simon said that Nicholas wants to talk to me,” Fr Kumar said.

“He thanked all those who are praying for him.”

The Bethany Catholic Primary School student remains in a critical but stable condition in Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Fr Kumar said Nicholas’s health was continuing to improve, but it would be a long road to recovery.

“Overall, our little champ is fighting the good fight (remember he knows karate as well …) and keeps improving,” he said.

“A billion thanks to God. He doesn’t have brain injury. Simon is able to talk to him, and Nicholas responds very clearly with names, dates, etc, though his voice is bit slur (sic).”

However, Nicholas was still in danger of having his shattered right leg amputated.

“We have got to keep praying that his leg is not amputated as the danger of loosing (sic) his leg is still looming,” Fr Kumar wrote.

“Most probably, the doctors will decide about it by next week as the virus infection is still severe.”

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The latest update came two weeks after an emotional funeral service for Nicholas’ 36-year-old mother at Mount Druitt’s Saint John the Beloved.

The service was held a day after Nicholas woke from his coma. Fr Kumar said it appeared Ms Tadros might have saved her son’s life.

“[She] might have grabbed his head and protected him at the impact. She is a hero. Nicholas will be able to tell us when he is able to recollect,” he wrote.

Mr Jenkinson’s funeral was held on the Gold Coast earlier in January.

The results of a probe into the collision by the Air Transport Safety Bureau are not expected until at least September 2024.

– with AAP

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