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Homeless man finds family after N$500k MVA pay-out


by Memory Tjimbundu


 

 

Before Carlos Gariseb Goagoseb was hit and run over by a car, he stayed under a bridge but after MVA Fund announced that it would cover his medical expenses, some people who do not even know his surname have come forth claiming to be related to him.
Five months ago, Goagoseb was admitted at the Katutura State Hospital as John Doe (an unknown man) after he got a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when he was hit and run over by a car in Windhoek’s Olympia suburb.
After spending two months in ICU, he was later transferred to the head injury department.
Julia Winises who claims to be Carlos’ niece and family’s spokesperson admits that she does not know his real surname and whether or not he has children.
“My cousin in Mariental said he will find out more about his life from the Home Affairs office that side. He used to be married 10 years ago and after he got divorced, he became depressed and turned into an alcoholic. I don’t know whether or not he has children,” says Winises the adds; “When he migrated to Windhoek from Mariental, his life was tough. He became homeless. We used to cross paths and the last time we met was early this year at Snyman Circle where he told me he was staying under the bridge.”
Winises who is a teacher at Khomas Primary School further claims that she could not let him stay with her because he did not want to find himself a job.
“He told me he was happy staying under the bridge and I did not ask him to come stay with me,” adds Winises.
A nurse who attended to him says he was brought by an ambulance without any relevant information except that he had been found badly injured in the middle of the road.
“He lost his speech, his memory, became blind and bedridden,” says the nurse.
Goagoseb is expected to receive around N$500 000 from the MVA in accident damages.
All those months, Goagoseb was never visited by his family and neither could the hospital trace them because the hospital did not know who he was and he could not neither speak nor write anything.
“He could not speak so we named him Kalie, because we could not call him the ‘Unknown Man’. He has not improved, he gets sores at the back from sleeping too much and he does not feed except through a feeding tube through the nose,” the nurse adds.