Created: April 20, 2021, 8:03 am

David Goonewardene, 16, was put into a medical coma after a car accident last month (photo supplied)

The family of a teenage boy who fell into a coma after a car accident has paid emotional tribute to everyone who helped her son.

In particular, they paid tribute to the emergency services, saying, “We owe these men and women the greatest gratitude that no words can fully express.”

David Goonewardene, a sports-loving Warwick Academy student, was injured after he and three other young men were involved in a car accident last month.

He had been spending the day with friends and was on his way to one of their homes to stay the night when the driver lost control of the vehicle and bumped into a wall along Knapton Hill Road in Smiths.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Goonewardene family said: “We are overwhelmed and grateful for the support of the local community who have supported our family with donations, prayers and words of comfort.

“We would also like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the firefighters and the EMT team who rescued David, as well as to all the doctors and nurses at the hospital for their 24/7 professional care and attention.

“To these men and women we owe the greatest gratitude that no words can fully express.”

Friends of David started an appeal before Easter weekend to raise funds for medical expenses on GoFundMe.

On the side it said that David had fallen into a medically-related coma after a head injury and had not yet been taken out of the coma.

However, a statement on the fundraising page said he was now in a stable condition and showing “small, positive signs of improvement” every day.

Doctors at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital arranged that he would be flown overseas for further treatment in the next few days.

The statement added, “The staff at KEMH were just amazing – the doctors, nurses and even the cleaning staff showed the utmost care and consideration in caring for David and we are very grateful to them.

“We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for David and all his family in this next phase of his overseas recovery.”

The fundraiser has also raised $ 72,724 in donations since its inception – nearly five times its goal of $ 15,000.

Most of the donations came in over the Easter weekend when the roll call raised around $ 60,000 in just two days.