Disabled boy, four, suffers severe facial injuries after falling off his wheelchair at daycare – but staff didn’t bother telling his mother until HOURS later when she picked him up
- Masua Tusa is usually all smiles when his mum picks him up from school
- But last Wednesday she arrived to find he’d suffered horrific facial injuries
- Nobody from the school called his mother to tell her Masua had been hurt
- The four-year-old has limited verbal communication skills and has cerebral palsy
The family of a wheelchair-bound toddler who has cerebral palsy are furious that they didn’t find out he had suffered horrific facial injuries at daycare until they picked him up hours later.
Masua Tusa – usually a happy and smiley child – was dazed and confused when his mother came to pick him up from kindergarten in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon.
Staff at the daycare centre claim they were supervising the four-year-old when he fell down a flight of stairs in his wheelchair about 1.30pm.
After his mother saw the four-year-old’s battered and bruised face she demanded to know why she wasn’t contacted about her son’s fall earlier.
His left eye was swollen shut, he had pus oozing from cuts to more than half his face and blood pouring from his nose (pictured during his recovery)
But his mother told Daily Mail Australia she doesn’t believe their version of events.
‘We went to pick him up and didn’t see him in the window. Usually he sits by a window looking out in the afternoon smiling and waiting for us,’ she said.
When she and Masua’s aunt arrived on Wednesday, she found his wheelchair up against a wall in the centre.
‘He was facing the wall playing with some little cars,’ she said.
It wasn’t until she spun his wheelchair around that she noticed the red wounds taking up half of his face.
Nobody from the school had contacted her to tell her Masua had been hurt, she said.
An aunt, Leika Tusa, said his injuries looked like he’d been ‘beaten up’.
His left eye was swollen shut, he had puss oozing from cuts to more than half his face and blood pouring from his nose.
Masua’s mother has now pulled him from the school all together, saying its the second time they’ve let her down while caring for her only child
Due to Masua’s limited verbal communication skills, he is unable to tell his parents exactly what happened.
WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?
Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder which affects muscle tone and flexibility.
More than 34,000 people are living with cerebral palsy in Australia.
The cause is largely unknown and there is no known cure. It is a lifelong condition.
In 13 out of 14 cases of cerebral palsy in Australia, the brain injury leading to cerebral palsy occurs either in the uterus (while the mother is pregnant) or before one month of age.
Masua’s mother has now pulled him from the school all together, claiming it was the second time they had let her down while caring for her only child.
In future, she’s hoping to home school Masua.
Masua’s grandmother Mary Tusa told Daily Mail Australia that her grandson is ‘a bright boy’.
‘He just can’t talk very well, but he understands everything,’ she said.
She said he’s needing to have his wounds dressed and bandaged regularly, but that he is slowly recovering.
‘But we can’t feel his pain,’ she said.
The family have contacted police, who are currently investigating the matter.
The daycare centre, which Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name, said in a statement to New Zealand Herald they are taking the matter seriously.
‘We’re working with our head office and we’re also working with the Ministry of Education, as well, to make sure that they know that we worked hard to try and do everything that we could for him,’ they said.
Due to Masua’s limited verbal communication skills, he is unable to tell his parents exactly what happened