Tragedy Devastates Kordić Family

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, life for the Kordić family changed forever in one horrifying instant – leaving loving parents, Željko and Žiži (née Ivanković), to mourn the death of their 14 year-old son, Dean, and to aid their 12 year-old daughter, Emma, who is currently fighting for her life in hospital in Zagreb, Croatia - far away from their home in Toronto.

Dean and Emma were spending their summer vacation visiting family and friends in Croatia and Hercegovina. On a beautiful afternoon, they were canoeing along with others on the Trebižat River when they stopped at a popular vantage point (overlooking the river below) by the train tracks near the river. The two accidentally came in contact with the train power line and were electrocuted.

They were immediately taken by ambulance to the hospital in Mostar, where Dean was pronounced dead. Emma was critically injured and with the help and support of family, friends and Croatian government officials, she was promptly transferred to the Trauma Hospital Sisters of Mercy Burn Center in Zagreb, where she remains in life-threatening condition with severe burns to 70% of her body.  

Although Emma is receiving excellent care, the family is waiting for Emma to stabilize for transport back to Canada to be cared for at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital (Burn Program).

Emma is unaware that her beloved brother (and only sibling) was killed in this heart-breaking accident. The two of them had always been inseparable. As Emma’s parents bury their beloved Dean, they are struggling to remain strong as Emma fights for her life.

While we are all praying for Emma’s survival and full recovery, we are reaching out to family, friends, neighbours, and members of our community, seeking financial support for the Kordić family as they accumulate considerable medical bills, including the cost of medical transport for Emma back to Canada, where she would continue the long and difficult road ahead. Your donation will greatly help alleviate the financial burden on the Kordić family and allow them to focus on dealing and coping with their tragedy and loss.

Funeral services for Dean will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of Assumption in Trebižat, Hercegovina. You are welcome to leave your tributes, fondest memories and wishes to the family by visiting:

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Organizer and beneficiary

Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce
Etobicoke, ON
Zizi Ivankovic-Kordic

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