Hit-and-run victim Arshdeep Sidhu is still in serious condition in hospital but the five-year-old has improved since being struck by a car Friday afternoon in the Fleetwood area of Surrey and suffering serious head injuries.
Gagan Saran visited his young cousin Sunday afternoon.
“He is somewhat responsive,” said Saran, who also lives in Surrey. “If you call his name and tell him to grab your finger, he’ll very lightly grab your finger.”
But Saran said Arshdeep mostly sleeps, except when he is woken up by nurses for treatment. When he is awakened, he cries.
“Right now he can’t open his eyes,” said Saran. “He’s unable to talk. He’s kind of just laying there. It’s really traumatizing to see.
“He has all these scars on his face. They’re going to do another CT scan just to make sure there is no brain damage.”
Saran said his little cousin also has some facial fractures but those will probably be able to heal without surgery. There’s also some damage to his bladder and spleen.
Despite all that, Arshdeep’s situation has improved since the accident.
“That is actually much better,” said Saran. “For what he went through, he’s actually doing fairly well.
“It is as positive as you could ask for.”
Arshdeep was struck near 161st street and 92nd Avenue when he was walking home with his grandfather and another boy from kindergarten at Serpentine Heights Elementary.
He apparently ran out into the street ahead of them and was struck by a Mercedes driven by a blond woman. She sped away and the suspect vehicle was located later Friday.
The driver was not with the vehicle but she later contacted police. There was no announcement Sunday of charges in the incident.
“The woman turning herself in, that did provide some closure [for the family],” said Saran.
He said there is no timeline for when Arshdeep might get out of hospital.
“They don’t even know when he’s going to start talking again,” he said.
“I’m assuming he is in a lot of pain.”
Arshdeep is receiving care at Vancouver Children’s hospital.