A young boy who was on board when two helicopters collided at Sea World on the Gold Coast has faced a “major test” after he underwent several surgeries today.
Nicholas Tadros underwent five surgeries over six hours on broken bones in both legs and his left hand and is still in a coma, a family friend confirmed today.
“This will be a major test on his body, lungs and heart,” a message from his father read.
The 10-year-old is now in a serious but stable condition in Queensland’s Children’s Hospital, he was previously in a critical condition after the accident that occurred on January 2.
Community members have established a rosary prayer group for the young boy to make it through recovery and for his family to make it through the “tough” situation.
“To be honest the only thing we want is prayers at the moment,” a family friend and community leader said.
“The family is not in a position to be sitting and talking to the media right now, they’re asking for prayers.”
His mother, 36-year-old Vanessa Tadros, was killed in the crash along with British newlyweds Diane and Ron Hughes and pilot Ash Jenkinson.
Winnie De Silva and her son Leon De Silva were both injured in the crash but survived and their condition has improved in hospital.
A family friend posted an update on Nicholas’ condition.
“At first things weren‘t looking good at all, then there was a scare finding jet fuel had gotten in his lungs,” he said.
“After all the prayers, all glory to God there‘s been some miracles with small wins overcoming these set backs which even amazed doctors and nurses.”
The husband of Ms De Silva, who is also in recovery, shared a “very specific” message his wife wanted to send to the young boy.
“She thanks everybody and she asked about Nicholas every day and she is praying for Nicholas,” he said on Sunrise.
He also shared her appreciation to all the people praying for her and her son.
“There are a lot of people in church groups that are praying for them and she asked me to let them know that she is very appreciative of their prayers and would ask them to keep praying or keep Leon in their prayers,” Mr De Silva said.
“We are all hoping he makes a full recovery and I would also like to have a shout out to the Kenyan community. There are groups in each capital city of Kenyan people that assist others and they have offered a fantastic assistance to Winnie.”