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27th-Dec-2004 03:06 pm
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from theAge this morning-

Among the missing was a Down syndrome son of a Melbourne family holidaying in Phuket, Thailand.

Paul Giardina, 16, became separated from his parents, Joseph and Ivana Giardina, from the Melbourne suburb of Rosanna, when a tidal wave hit the resort centre yesterday, ABC radio reported.

Both parents were injured when the wave hit a restaurant in which they were dining, with Mr Giardina ending up on the fourth floor.

'The water just came over'

"We were at the Seaview (hotel) in Patong, in the restaurant having breakfast and everybody was really curious at what was happening," Mrs Giardina told the ABC.

"They've gone to the beach. They've crossed the road to get a closer look. We're all watching.

"When the pier started flooding across, the water was coming, everybody started running and panicking.

"The water just came over. (The restaurant) just filled up."

She said furniture was knocked around and she saw a car floating by her.

"The pier, with boats attached, just floated down the beach," she said.

"The three of us were together and I couldn't get to my son because I had furniture, the tables and chairs, from outside had gone in between us.

"My husband Joe ... was calling me and they just went."

Mr Giardina said the water hit with enormous speed and he was pinned again a wall.

"I was under water. I tried to get out. I couldn't do it," he said.

"They say they found me on the fourth floor. I have no idea how I got up there."

Mr Giardina said their son was barely able to communicate. "At best they'll get a name out of him," he said.
26th-Dec-2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say...

*hugs you instead*
26th-Dec-2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
That's horrible.

Nature has been crazy lately (I live in Dayton where we got 22 inches of snow)

26th-Dec-2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
I have a Down's sister.

I'll be praying for the family, and for your son.

27th-Dec-2004 12:23 am (UTC)
That is so sad, Leela. Our family friends in Thailand are just in shock. They say everyone has moved to higher ground, so he could be in one of those groups. If that's the case, they might not get into contact for awhile because they've given everyone a 48-hour window in case of aftershocks, and they might only get into contact then.

I've got my fingers crossed!
27th-Dec-2004 02:54 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear about Paul, Kate. Do you know how much chance there is he might be stuck in hospital or something? I understand the death toll is close to 20,000 -- it's horrific. How's your boy doing over this?
27th-Dec-2004 03:16 am (UTC)
He's quite distressed and has been very cuddly since we watched the news. (needing the comfort) I'll admit to surprise that he understood what was going on. He is well aware he is is 'different' however; knows he and a lot of his friends have Down syndrome. So I guess seeing someone he can relate to in such a situation just makes it that much more real. It's certainly had that affect on his father and I.
27th-Dec-2004 03:19 am (UTC)
Yes, I knew he had Down syndrome. I bet he's stressed, poor thing. Hope you're all okay, am thinking of you, and that somehow they find his friend alive and safe. *hugs*
27th-Dec-2004 10:12 am (UTC)
So sad. :( I can't even begin to wrap my mind around all of this loss.

:( And I am outraged at the American media. In fact I'm about to post something about it.
27th-Dec-2004 10:51 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about this...My thoughts and prayers go out to him. I also wish your son the ability to cope with this if Paul did lose his life. It's always hard to lose a friend who you can relate to about being different.

I'm terribly sorry.
27th-Dec-2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
I just don't know what to say, it's so terrible. I'll be keeping your family and your friends in my thoughts.
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