2 kids in carnival accident recovering

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- The two children who were seriously injured in an accident at a carnival inside the Clark Freeport more than a week ago are now recuperating at the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center.

Shandei Lingat, 12, was already released from the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after undergoing several operations on her internal organs.

Len Lingat, grandmother of the victim, said the girl is set to undergo surgery on her fractured leg.


Shandei’s younger sister Jayriz, 11, is still under the watch of physician-specialists inside the AUFMC-ICU as of Sunday.

Shandei, Jayriz, and their 10-year-old cousin Thajay Macam, who are all from LNS Subdivision in nearby Angeles City and grade school pupils at Holy Family Academy, fell from a ferris wheel at the Fiesta Carnival on December 29.

Macam, who sustained only minor injuries, was released from the hospital earlier.

The management of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) immediately closed down the amusement center, operated by businessman Louie Lopez.

Lopez, who vowed to shoulder the medical expenses of two kids, expressed apprehension over the closure order CDC management.

“Tinutulungan naman namin yung mga bata. Ala naman silang responsibilidad sa mga biktima ng aksidente [base sa aming kontrata],” Lopez said.

Frank Madlangbayan, CDC vice president for Operations, earlier said that it is written in the contract between the CDC management and Fiesta Carnival that the amusement center’s operator shall be responsible for any loss of property, injuries, and death of persons going inside the park.

Lopez said that he spent P250,000 for his permit to operate inside the Freeport. “Biro mo pinagbayad nila akong P250,000 pero 11 days lang nila akong pinag-operate.”

The CDC management reportedly lifted the suspension of the rides on Sunday but Lopez said he already dismantled some of machines inside the carnival.

“Wala kaming choice kundi mag-pull out kasi luging-lugi na kami dito,” Lopez said.

Lopez’s amusement center was given by CDC a permit to operate until January 15.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 06, 2014.

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