Boy, 10, wakes up from coma and holds father’s hand after helicopter crash kills mother | World | News
Ten-year-old Nicholas Tadros, 10, has woken up from a coma and held the hand of his father, Simon, after the accident two weeks ago. Nicholas’ mother, Vanessa Tadros, was killed in the accident on the Gold Coast and was buried on Monday at Saint John the Beloved in Mount Druitt.
Simon Tadros spoke at his wife’s funeral, saying: “Vanessa was a special person. Her smile was infectious…she had a pure heart…every day we grew stronger together. She was our protector.
“To my beautiful wife, I will always love you no matter what challenges we face. I know you will always be with me. Rest in peace, beautiful.”
British couple Ron Hughes, 65, and Diane Hughes, 57, were also killed in the crash along with pilot Ash Jenkinson, 40, who was buried on Friday on the Gold Coast.
Winnie de Silva, 33, and her son Leon, 9, are in hospital but are in a stable condition.
Two New Zealand couples were on the other plane and miraculously survived the crash.
According to staff at Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Nicholas is in a “critical but stable condition”.
On social media, Nicholas’ father wrote: “They have lowered his sedation machine at times to see if he is responsive and he has woken up and [been] able to answer some questions with a nod or shake of the head.
“He can also hold my hand but still no movement in his legs but was told that could be due to broken bones in both legs.
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“We know that the takeoff and landing phases of any flight operation are critical phases of flight, where pilots’ mental workload is at its greatest.”
He said: “What we need to know now is what was happening inside those two cockpits at the time.”
Bureau investigators are not expected to complete their investigation until September 2024.