TORONTO -- There appears to be a glimmer of hope for a city woman who wants to be out of Cuba in time for her three-year-old son's funeral Saturday.
The Cuban Embassy in Ottawa is now speaking with officials on the Caribbean island after QMI Agency published a story Wednesday about Justine Davis, who has been forbidden to leave Cuba after a horrific scooter crash killed her son, Cameron, on Dec. 23.
"We knew about this sad case just (Wednesday) so we don't have any other details than that the ones on your newspaper's article," Deborah Ojeda Valedon, the minister-counsellor and deputy chief of mission at the Cuban Embassy, said Wednesday.
Davis told QMI Agency she and her son were vacationing in Cayo Largo and riding a rental scooter when they collided with a truck. The boy died at the scene and his body was embalmed in Cuba and flown back to Canada on Jan. 18.
A source confirmed Tuesday that Cuban authorities are conducting an investigation into the crash involving Davis's gas-powered rental scooter and a truck.
For six weeks, Davis has been recovering in a Havana hospital, but was told by Cuban officials she cannot leave the communist country. She said she did nothing wrong in relation to the scooter accident and is frustrated by the lack of communication from the Cuban and Canadian governments.
However, Davis' close friend Danica Richard, who is in Havana with her and has acted as a spokesman for Davis while she receives medical treatment, said a consular official visited them in hospital Wednesday.
"She didn't have any news, but she did say people in higher positions are speaking now and it has a lot of visibility," Richard said. "The recommendation is for Justine to obtain a lawyer and you can't bring in an international lawyer, you have to use a Cuban lawyer."
Richard said they have been looking at getting legal representation, but only if Davis is forced to stay past Saturday.
Cuban government officials said they are still on the case.