Mother of 5 children in deadly daycare crash shares story

Faduma Abdi
Faduma Abdi
The accident scene.
The accident scene.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Through a court certified Somali interpreter, Faduma Abdi said she is doing well and her children are also well.

On June 12, a Heavenly Angels daycare van crashed into a tree on Algonquin Parkway near Wingfield Avenue. One adult was killed, one adult was injured, and 14 children were rushed to the hospital. Five of Abdi's six children were on board. At the time, Abdi did not know exactly what happened or how bad her children were hurt.

Her children's recovery has not been easy. Her family is going through financial hardship with medical bills. Through her pain, she relived her heartache and frustration. Abdi spoke with her attorneys, John Helmers and Benjamin Taylor, present.

"When I got to the hospital, I thought all my children were gone," Abdi said through an interpreter. "I thought nobody survived."

Abdi said she was at home when a friend called and told her about the crash. Her desperate quest for information began. She took a bus to the daycare, then her brother drove her to Kosair Children's Hospital where her children were treated for various injuries.

"None of them were responding except Kadija (sp)," Abdi said through an interpreter "Kadija (sp) was saying 'Ahhh...' making some type of noise."

It is another traumatic event for a woman who has seen a lot. She left her home in Somalia in 1991 to escape civil war and famine. She walked five days and nights to a refugee camp in Kenya where she stayed 12 years before coming to the United States in 2003.

Since December 2010, Abdi had worked at Heavenly Angels as a part-time housekeeper. Through an interpreter, Abdi said she is angry no one at the daycare called to tell her her children were in the crash. "They should've called me and we should have at least some type of communication," Abdi said through an interpreter. "Notify me what had happened, but they never did."

The Heavenly Angels vans have been cited for safety violations in the past. Now unemployed, Abdi is caring for her recovering children who have medical bills she is struggling with.

"I don't have the cash to go out and buy what I need in order to treat my children," Abdi said through an interpreter.

Abdi's attorney said the daycare still owes Abdi $360 in unpaid wages.

One of her attorneys also says a fund has been established for the Abdi family. Donations can be made to any Republic Bank branch to the "Abdi Children's fund."

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