A newly wedded couple spent their first night in hospital after an accident happened at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel. The couple, Mr Mark Pesega of Nanumea and Ms Lepeka F. Lameko of Nanumaga planned to spend their first night at the hotel but thing turned out the way they were not expecting.
Sources revealed that they were with friends in a room on the above floor of the double storey building, and the couple were outside the verandah leaning against the metal pipe rail when the rail was suddenly broke loose and fell off with the couple went down together to the ground, it might have been a height of 2 -3 metres.
The couple were immediately rushed to the Princess Margret Hospital and the bride sustained serious injuries while Mr Pesega sustained just minor injuries. He was discharged after 1-2 days in hospital while the wife had to remain in hospital a few more days. She was discharged a few days later.
On Sunday a week later, their families were able to host the cultural family feast to close the wedding festivities.
The newly-wed couple, Mr and Mrs Mark Pesega at a family feast to close the wedding festivities at the Nanutasi Fou Falekaupule. The cake was to thank God that they have survived the accident. The photo below is the verandah of the room at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel where the rail broke off.
Staff members of the Hotel confirmed that the rails are quite safe and a strong force must have been the reason why the rail was detached from the building.
Dr. Kitiona Tausi