Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Oh, No!

Although in a completely uninspired (or perhaps shocked) moment I copied the title from Jody's most recent post my post is not about the fires in California. It's about an email I just received from my mom in Brazil. She emailed me 8 hours ago, but today was one of those rare days in which I decided to turn on the computer and check email only later when I returned home from shopping trips and a visit to a friend. As a result, I haven't been able to talk to her and my dad on the phone since they're not home right now. :(

My parents live in a rural area in Brazil and they were driving home from a doctor's appointment last night when my dad accidentally ran over a cycling man less than a mile from their house. They (or an ambulance, I don't know details) immediately took the man to the hospital and my parents stayed there with his wife until 2:30 a.m. He suffered a from skull traumatism and underwent surgery, but he's in critical condition in the ICU. The man is 59 years old and is a carpenter. They're poor people and have three children to raise. My parents were/are in complete shock and my mom gave my dad a sleeping pill so he could sleep. Dad has a strong pain on his right side in his waist going around his back, they're taking him to the doctor. The car also suffered some damage, but they're not worried about those things, only about that man's health.

They're desolate, but praying earnestly that the man may recover. If you pray, please do since accidents happen, but inadvertently taking someone's life is probably one of the worse things that can happen to anyone. I'm worried about my dad too since nothing like this ever happened to him, he's an excellent and careful driver and I'm sure that it must have been quite dark on that road last night. What terrible news! I cannot even be genuinely thankful that nothing happened to my parents because I feel so bad and so worried about the man and his family. I'll give you more news as soon as I have any.

8 comments:

Prisca said...

Oh my gosh! I am praying for everyone involved. What a tragic accident. I can't even imagine what it would be like for any of those involved. I will be thinking of you all.

Libby said...

Lilian, how terrifying! I hope all ends well and that both your dad and the carpenter recover fully.

Sandra said...

That must be terribly upsetting for your parents. It's one of my great fears here, that I'll hit someone with my car, because the traffic is terrible, and the cyclists take so many risks. I hope the man will recover.

Rene said...

Oh wow. That is terrible. K and I are praying too.

Aliki2006 said...

I posted up above--I am so so sorry about this. I'll be thinking hard about everyone involved.

kate said...

Oh, dear, how awful! Please let us know how things turn out.

Caroline said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about this! how terrible for everybody -- I hope there's a full recovery.

Scrivener said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry, that has to be just horrific.