Tragedies in Sydney and Melbourne

Year 2014 has brought not good news for some. Monika Chetty – of Fiji Indian origini died of burns at Concord hospital on January 31.

Monika , 39, was found in bushland at West Hoxton with horrific burns to 80 per cent of her face and body.

And then in Melbourne two young students –  Paul Daniel Rayudu and  Varajitha Kelangi were found unconscious in a public pool in Melbourne’s Greenborough suburb as they fight for life in hospital

When she was first found, Ms Chetty managed to tell police a man had thrown chemicals at her in Liverpool sometime before New Year’s Eve.

She was taken to Concord Hospital in a critical condition and died of her injuries on January 31.

Monika, a mother of three, had been estranged from her husband and roaming Sydney’s western suburbs for weeks after being horribly disfigured in a mystery incident involving chemicals.

Residents had seen Ms Chetty washing under garden taps and begging for food in the days prior to her being taken to Liverpool Hospital. She initially rejected medical help and did not appear to be suffering pain.

Police have been baffled by the case. So far they have been unable to prove or disprove Ms Chetty’s account of the attack.

Two Indian students of La Trobe University Paul Daniel Rayudu, 22 (male) and Varajitha Kelangi, 23 (female) both residents of Preston were found unconscious in a public pool (WaterMarc aquatic centre in Greensborough in Melbourne’s north-east )after a “freak accident” continue to fight for their lives in hospital.
According to The Age the freak incident took place “at the WaterMarc Aquatic Centre in Greensborough in Melbourne’s north-east when they were found unconscious in the pool about 7.40pm on Sunday.

The parents of the students are travelling to Melbourne to be with them in Austin Hospital.

 Allan O Dennell, Sargent Greensborough Police Station, said: “It appears at this time that this was a tradgic accident. It seems that both were non swimmers. No direct witnesses have come forward. Varajitha was noticed floating face down in the pool at about 7.25 p.m. She was pulled from the pool and CPR commenced. While this was happening a patron noticed Paul lying on the floor of the pool.”

The Age has reported that Ambulance Victoria General Manager Graeme Parker warned people to be careful around water, especially during a time of heat, when many go to public pools to cope with the hot weather.

”˜”˜It’s a tragedy ”“ young people going out and enjoying their day at the pool as most of the others were doing, and for some unforeseen reason something so simple has happened and resulted in such a tragedy.

”˜”˜Although water activity is a great pastime and leisure activity ”¦ it’s time to remind the community that they need to be careful around water,’’ he said.

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