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Painful Father’s Day Without Only Child Who Died In Nabou Tragedy

Painful Father’s Day Without Only Child Who Died In Nabou Tragedy
Wilfred Underwood shows a photo of his only child Joseph Underwood who passed away on August 11 after succumbing to injuries sustained from the Nabou three-vehicle crash on August 4 which has claimed eight lives including Joseph. Mr Underwood is pictured with wife, Vani Adi, outside their home in Korovuto, Nadi, September 2, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
September 03
11:33 2018

It was a bleak Sunday filled with sadness for a Nadi couple who spent their first Father’s Day without their only child.

For the past few years, Vani Adi always had her son Joseph Underwood by her side on Father’s Day to assist her in preparing a special lunch for her husband.

However, yesterday was the first Father’s Day for the 37-year-old market vendor to prepare lunch alone.

Her son Joseph was among the eight people who died in a horrific three-vehicle road accident at Nabou, midway between Nadi and Sigatoka, on August 4 this year.

The Korovuto College student was admitted at the Lautoka Hospital’s intensive care unit for a week before he died.


The late Joseph Underwood.

The late Joseph Underwood.


“This is the first Father’s Day without our only child and over the past years Joseph has always been by my side to help me prepare a nice lunch for his father,” Ms Adi said.

“He was quiet boy and never talked much. We really miss him on this day and will always cherish him in our hearts.”

Her husband, Wilfred Underwood, 42, said Father’s Day for him this year was not special without his only child.

“Every year we will all spend Father’s Day together as a family, but not this year because we have lost our only son,” Mr Underwood said.

“He was obedient and just few days before the incident happened, Joseph shared to me his plans to pursue a career as a mechanic.

“Losing my only child was the most heartbreaking thing that has ever happened to me and it took divine intervention to take away that pain.” Edited by Epineri Vula



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