Sam Nilaweera

Posted: March 22, 2013 by celiaayli in Countries
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Sam Nilaweera’s holiday turned into a nightmare when, instead of lying on a beach, he ended up digging bodies out of rubble after the tsunami in 2004.
He returned to his teaching job in Japan.
After the tsunami had finished Sam went back to his teaching job and had flashbacks to the day of the tsunami and the search and rescue work. One day, he was in his classroom at the whiteboard when he had a flashback carrying a dead child in his arms. He had to leave his job.
After five years of going back to hospitals Sam finally got diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

by dotdotdot y9

  1. aleunam says:

    thank you for introducing us to Sam Nilaweera’s story. It is interesting how so often doctors miss out the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We are hoping that Sam will visit our school one day soon to talk to the pupils in the hospital about this condition and how he has coped with life since his harrowing experience in the tsunami.

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