No one knew what became of Denis Coman’s parents when he arrived at the hospital after the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. Hospital staff didn’t even know who he was.
However, not only was the boy eventually identified, his mother was found alive at another local hospital. His grandmother was the one to reunite her family.
Denis’ grandmother arrived in France from Austria following the attack after she didn’t hear from her daughter. She identified her 8-year-old grandson as a Romanian national and found her daughter at another hospital in Nice.
Her son-in-law, however, didn’t make it and was among the 84 who were killed in the attack.
“Unfortunately, the terrorist act in Nice got to us, too,” Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said in a statement to the public. “Last night I had a telephone conversation with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, whom I sent condolences for the numerous victims of the attack. At the same time, we discussed about the Romanian family who was in Nice on the evening of July 14 and whose injured child is in a hospital in the area.”
The 8-year-old is reportedly in stable condition.
“The little boy was admitted here on the night of July 14th, but it was only Saturday that we could identify him,” Hospital Communications Manager Stephanie Simpson said. “He is dependent on the breathing apparatus and he is in a coma, but his life is not in danger. He hasn’t undergone any surgery, but he was probably hit by the truck. Let’s pray for Denis, let’s hope that his evolution is better in the upcoming hours or days.”
His mother was reportedly in stable, but serious condition.
Source: Independent Journal Review