A family who tragically lost three of their children in a horrific car accident is expecting another child.
Western Sydney father Danny Abdallah announced on Wednesday morning that his wife Leila was pregnant with their fifth child.
“Leila is fine, she’s pregnant again.” I got one past the goalkeeper! And yes, she was quite busy with the kids,” he told 2GB.
“But we’re all doing well, as best as we can.”
Mr Abdallah also revealed that Oatlands Golf Club had finally agreed to erect a memorial at the scene of the accident in honor of his children.
The family hope it will be finished before Christmas and Mr Abdallah says it will bring “closure” to their lives.
The couple’s children, Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, Sienna, eight, and their niece Veronique Sakr, 11, were walking on a footpath to buy ice cream in Oatlands in Sydney’s west when they were hit and killed by a car 1 February 2020.
Danny and Leila Abdallah’s children Antony, 13, (far left), Angelina, 12, (far right), Sienna, eight, (centre left) and their niece Veronique Sakr, 11, walked on a footpath to buy ice cream in Oatlands . in western Sydney when they were struck and killed by a car on February 1, 2020.
Abdallah’s children Antony (13), Angelina (12), Sienna (8) and her niece Veronique Sakr (11) died immediately in the accident
The driver, Samuel Davidson, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time. He is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
The Abdallahs welcomed the birth of a baby girl in March last year. With another baby on the way, the couple will be parents to five children, excluding the three who died in the tragedy.
The couple had originally planned to name their newborn daughter after one of their other children, but decided against it.
The 2020 accident shocked Australia and many were impressed by the Abdallahs’ remarkable act of forgiving the driver just days later.
The couple later founded the i4give Foundation – coinciding with the anniversary of the crash – to remember their lost loved ones and help others in similar situations.
The Oatlands Golf Club had previously rejected requests to build a memorial to the four children killed.
The board had rejected two proposals from Parramatta City Council because the size of the designs would make the memorial too conspicuous and serve as a “daily” reminder to residents of the tragedy.
Mr Abdallah said the families and the club had now come to an agreement and a garden would now be created.
The news comes after Veronique’s father, Bob Sakr, sadly passed away in July this year after a battle with cancer.
Mr Sakr’s devout Maronite Catholic family said that while his loved ones were struggling with the loss, they were comforted that he was now “reunited” with his beloved daughter.
“This moment is a celebration for Veronique Sakr, celebrating the arrival of her father in heaven and welcoming her father to the kingdom of heaven, where happiness and joy never end!” said the family.
Danny and Leila Abdallah have forgiven Davison and are launching the i4give Day and Foundation – which coincides with the anniversary of the crash – to remember their lost loved ones and help others in similar situations
Leila and Danny Abdallah are seen with Veronique’s mother Bridget Sakr at her funeral
Norman Sakr, Mr Sakr’s older brother, said the family was devastated by the loss.
“I’m speechless at the moment,” Norman told Daily Mail Australia.
“He was my youngest sibling and he and I were very close. “At the moment we are exhausted and grieving.”
Another older brother, David, also paid warm tributes.
“Today was one of the saddest days of my life,” he wrote.
“We laid my little brother Bob to rest.” You will live on forever in our hearts.
“You are now reunited with your little girl Veronique and with mom and dad.”
In June, Mr. Sakr revealed that the cancer he had been battling for a year had “gone into attack mode” and doctors told him he had about two weeks to live.
“I haven’t booked my ticket yet and I’m not in a hurry, but I’m preparing for what’s next,” he said.
“I’m not one to say goodbye, but rather say, ‘See you next time I look at you.'”
The Abdallahs have also filed a civil lawsuit against Davidson.
The lawsuit, which is believed to involve Davidson’s insurance policy, seeks compensation for ongoing trauma to the family and for children who were injured but survived the catastrophic accident.