Hours after a hit-and-run van in Queens killed his mother, little Alex Chimbo lay in Elmhurst Hospital, his short life ebbing away.
He only had one wish.
“Daddy, where is Mommy? Let’s go home. I want to go home,” the toddler said, according to a family pal.
Soon after, Alex ? just a few weeks shy of his third birthday ? joined his mother in heaven, leaving his emotionally shattered father behind to pick up the pieces….
Both Alex and his mother were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where she died upon arrival. He was admitted with a collapsed lung, a damaged liver, a broken leg and head lacerations. He finally succumbed to his injuries at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.
Here’s the awful twist:
[The boy's father Franklin] Chimbo is left struggling to raise the estimated $5,000 it will cost to return his loved ones’ remains to the tiny town of Cuenca, in Ecuador.
With the help of City Councilman Hiram Monseratte, a trust fund for the burials has been set up at the North Fork Savings Bank.
In another agonizing development, Chimbo could run into difficulty if he tries to attend the funeral himself. He is not in the United States legally and may not be allowed to return if he leaves the country.
As hard-line as I am on immigration issues, I just don’t know what to think.