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DQ-HPT Crash: Grieving Man Accepts Loss Of Wife And Child

A staunch Christian, Mr Kalougata said if it was not for the power from God he would not be able to find the strength to talk.
12 Aug 2019 12:36
DQ-HPT Crash: Grieving Man Accepts Loss Of Wife And Child
Toga Kalougata. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Toga Kalougata has accepted the loss of his wife and two-year-old son saying it is God’s plan.

Mr Kalougata, 32, clearly recalls the day he said goodbye to his wife Taraivosa Kaci Moceisuva and son Epeli Jeremaia as they boarded the ill-fated helicopter bound for a mercy mission for Baby EJ.

“I can recall the week before they left us. I worked on Naitauba Island but my wife and children stayed on Taveuni and I would visit them every two weeks or so,” Mr Kalougata said.

“But this time they had come to stay with me and we were together for a month.”

A staunch Christian, Mr Kalougata said if it was not for the power from God he would not be able to find the strength to talk.

Mr Kalougata has three children to look after now. The late wife was a widow then with two boys. He had accepted her and her children, Apimeleki who is 16 and John Saurara, 12. He and Kaci later had Anaseini and EJ.

“I have told my children that I will be their father and mother,” Mr Kalougata said.

In happier times…From left: daughter Anaseini, son Epeli Jeremaia or EJ, Toga Kalougata and wife Taraivosa Moceisuva (back).

In happier times…From left: daughter Anaseini, son Epeli Jeremaia or EJ, Toga Kalougata and wife Taraivosa Moceisuva (back).

Mr Kalougata described ‘EJ’ as a healthy child who never had any medical woes. He was also thankful to the pilot Gilbert Parker who had stepped up to take his wife and child to the hospital, and offered condolences to the family.

Tomorrow, Mr Kalougata will take his wife’s body to Taveuni from Labasa Hospital. The funeral is on Wednesday.

Edited by Percy Kean

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