Family struck by run of bad luck
Rebecca Ponting with her daughters and mother in the driveway where her car was stolen. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian

When Rebecca Ponting crashed her Honda CRV in Melville last month, her insurance company decided to pay out the insured value rather than repair her vehicle.

Little did she knew the prang would presage the start of a catalogue of disasters for her family.

A couple of days later, her younger sister Jessie survived a car rollover in a remote part of Tasmania and had to be airlifted by helicopter to hospital. Fortunately, she suffered only a couple of broken bones.

Rebecca, meanwhile, had bought another Honda CRV with the insurance money and it was delivered last Saturday week to her rented home in Perth's southern suburbs.

An hour later, her three-month-old daughter Lila went into a seizure and was rushed by ambulance to Fremantle hospital where she was admitted for tests and observation

Rebecca's husband, Kerry, returned from work in the bush and her mum, Glenda Lee, flew from Tasmania to help out.

"They were taking turns to stay overnight at the hospital with Lila and I said, 'make the most of my being here - why don't both of you stay at hospital'," Glenda said.

Rebecca and Kerry took her up on the offer, and Glenda stayed home to care for the couple's other child, three-year-old Maya.

The next morning Glenda woke up to find the lounge window ajar and Rebecca's Honda stolen from the driveway. Rebecca had not even had time to take it for a drive.

Nor had she had time to arrange a cover note with her insurance company before Lila was taken sick.

"I thought, 'what else do we need'," Glenda said.

Rebecca said the thieves had climbed over Lila's toys to steal the car keys from the kitchen.

"They couldn't have had a conscience," she said.

She says the security system in their home is not working and she's nervous since the break-in.

She's driving Kerry's old ute, but the run of bad luck has continued - it's broken down twice in the past week.

Rebecca says the family can't afford to replace the Honda (which also contained Lila's pram) and has pleaded with the thieves to return her car - white with the words Peel and Mandurah on the cover of the spare tyre - or for information about its whereabouts

Meanwhile, Glenda's husband, Darrell, is in Tasmania minding both the couple's transport business and caring for Jessica.

"You do what you have to do," she said philosophically. "But it has been full on."

The West Australian

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