Crash victim loses arm


A Queenstown father of two has had his arm amputated following a crash on Frankton Road earlier this month.

Lochana Kulasiri was trapped in his vehicle after the three-car pile-up near the intersection with Middleton Rd about 7.25am on Saturday, January 11.

He was flown in a critical condition to Dunedin Hospital – two people in other vehicles sustained minor injuries.

An update to a Givealittle page, set up to help raise money for Kulasiri, his wife and their young children, says the family made the tough decision to amputate his right arm, which had major nerve damage, last week.

He underwent two major surgeries on that arm, his dominant one, within the first five days, both lasting six to eight hours.

But, a few days later, doctors recommended the arm be amputated because of the risk of bone infection and the accumulation of dead tissue, the page update says.

The family decided to take that advice and his arm was removed in another long surgery last week.

In a post on Facebook, Kulasiri says: “Lord thank you for the second chance in life. To everyone who has been with me from the time of the accident, thank you very much.”

To date, $21,600 has been raised to help Kulasiri and his family.

Frankton Rd was closed for about four-and-a-half hours while the serious crash unit investigated the crash – that investigation’s ongoing.