Two British children are stranded in New Zealand for ChristmasDecember 22, 2018
Two British children are stranded 11,000 miles away in New Zealand for Christmas after head-on holiday car crash killed their mother
- Ben and Olivia Sargent were enjoying a New Zealand holiday with their mothers
- Kerry was tragically killed in a head-on collision as the group were on a night out
- Jules has been left critically injured and is too unwell to travel back to Britain
- The children who were not seriously injured will spend Christmas in the country
Two children are facing the prospect of being stranded in New Zealand over Christmas.
Ben and Olivia Sargent, aged six and nine, were enjoying a dream holiday in New Zealand with their mothers Kerry and Jules Sargent.
But Kerry was tragically killed in a head-on collision as her partner and children were travelling near the city of Whangarei during a night out.
Ben and Olivia Sargent, aged six and nine, were enjoying a dream holiday in New Zealand with their mothers Kerry and Jules Sargent. Tragedy struck when they were involved in a head-on collision which killed Kerry and left Jules seriously injured
Jules, 49, was rushed to hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries and she currently not well enough to travel, The Mirror reported.
The two children, who were not seriously injured in the crash, now have to spend their Christmas in Whangarei in North Island of New Zealand, north of the capital.
Olivia, nine, and Ben are said to be ‘traumatised’ by the incident.
The pair are being cared for by friends.
Ben has told his mum he can’t remember the good times before the crash.
Ben and Olivia are to be schooled in New Zealand while Jules undergoes physiotherapy.
Doctors will then assess whether she is fit enough to take the children home.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in a bid to raise £10,000 and help the family create some ‘magical moments that they can all look forward to’.
Olivia, nine, and Ben are said to be ‘traumatised’ by the incident
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Family friend Alan York told the Mirror: ‘Currently, Jules is recuperating in New Zealand with the friends she went out to visit and will need a substantial period of recovery before the family can return to England.
Jules broke her ribs, right leg and two vertebra, and her toes were dislocated.
Her left arm was also injured and she has an open wound to her left hip area which is also fractured.
It could take years for Jules to recover from her injuries, Gloucestershire Live reported.
The horror smash happened near Whangarei as the group were enjoying a night out with friends
Speaking from hospital in New Zealand Jules said she was ‘so shocked when Alan first told her about the Magical Memories campaign.
She said: ‘I didn’t think people would respond in this way to our situation, but it is really comforting to know how much people care and want to help my children.’
To support the campaign, visit https://www.gofundme.com/magical-moments-for-ben-and-olivia =
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