Teens Orphaned After Parents Die In Separate Accidents
A double tragedy has left two teenagers without their mother, father and a sibling with two incidents occurring just days apart.
On April 4 a car crash near Berry in southern NSW killed mother Jane Towers and her youngest child Jay Jay, 12 instantly.
The accident also left daughter Khloe Heidemann, 14, in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital.
Meanwhile, across the Queensland border, Khloe's older brother 17-year-old Shanon was assisting authorities to find his father David Heidemann, who was reported missing on March 30 in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
Unfortunately David's body was found west of Maryborough on Saturday, confirming the grim news for the already grieving family.
Police reportedly said it was most likely that the man was victim to flooding in the area.
It is believed that Mr Heidemann and Ms Towers had separated, with the mother and two younger children relocating to New South Wales.
Meanwhile David and Shanon decided to remain in Queensland.
Now family members are trying to raise money for the two children and Ms Tower's parents who plans to take Khloe in (and Shanon if he so desires).
"At the moment Khloe is in an induced coma in hospital, they have had to remove part of her skull to reduce swelling on her brain," Khloe's cousin Sarah Towers shared on the fundraising page.
"She also has a broken pelvis, legs and arm. They will wake her up in about a week's time if she is able to make it through this rough period."
According to further comments on the page, Shanon is currently being supported by his late dad's parents, with family and friends offering support.
At about 8:15pm on the 31st day of March 2017 one of our local residents, David HEIDEMANN went missing on Campbell’s...Posted by Murgon QLD Neighbourhood Watch on Thursday, 30 March 2017
"My condolences to you all. Just to give you a bit of peace of mind, shannon (sic) is doing ok considering the horrific circumstances," Kerry Wentriro posted on the page.
"He is with his grandmother and has a great circle of friends who are offering him support and comfort. My son is one of his best mates who has been with him offering support."
H/T: Nine News