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Teenager Dies, ‘Fell From Coconut Tree’

“He was a good boy. He always listened to his grandmother and me. I am told that he and his friends decided to get coconuts to make some money,” Ms Delana said.
06 Aug 2021 12:51
Teenager Dies, ‘Fell From Coconut Tree’
The late Navitilai Delana’s brother, Abraham and mother Melita Delana at their home in Wailea Settlement, Raiwaqa, Suva. Photo: Shalveen Chand

A trip to gather coconuts with his mates ended sadly for 14-year-old Navitilai Delana of Wailea Settlement in Raiwaqa, Suva.

It was his last walk from his home.

Navitilai died from injuries sustained after he is believed to have fallen from a coconut tree in Laucala Bay, near the Field Hospital set up at the Vodafone Arena.

Navitilai was with his two friends when the incident occurred.

His mother, Melita Delana, 35, is still coming to terms with the death of her second oldest child.

She had gone to work in Nadi in April and had not physically seen her children since then.

It was that fateful call on Tuesday that Ms Delana will never forget – painful memories that will be etched forever in her heart.

The call got her rushing back home.

“He was a good boy. He always listened to his grandmother and me. I am told that he and his friends decided to get coconuts to make some money,” Ms Delana said.

“He was in Year Eight at Davuilevu Methodist Primary School. He used to tell me that when he grew up, he would become a soldier and take us out of the settlement,” the emotional mother said.

Navitilai and his three siblings stayed in the settlement with their maternal grandmother.

Navitialai’s uncle, Timoci Biu said he spoke to his nephew on Saturday.

“I ran into him and told him to come home on Sunday for lunch. I usually go around and see how my sister’s children are doing,” he said.

According to Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, Navitilai was rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital where he was admitted and later passed away.

She said a postmortem examination will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death as investigations continue.

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj

 



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