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Sunrise Sets On Luisa Latianara’s Life

Fulfilling his vows to his wife and God, Mr Latianara took her on a wheelchair to see the sunrise on Thursday and breathe in fresh air three times.
26 Jul 2020 11:21
Sunrise Sets On Luisa Latianara’s Life
True love exists as the humble Eroni Latianara weds his sweetheart Luisa Dalituicama Latianara at their home in Nasekula on May 22, 2020.

For the last time, the sunrise set on her face before she gave up her final breath on her hospital bed.

That was the late Luisa Latianara’s request to her dedicated husband, Eroni Latianara, while holding his hand.

Fulfilling his vows to his wife and God, Mr Latianara took her on a wheelchair to see the sunrise on Thursday and breathe in fresh air three times.

She passed away at 5:45am on Friday at the Labasa Hospital. She was 27.

The couple’s wedding and emotional love story was featured in the Fiji Sun titled “A wedding to remember” on May 26, 2020, which was widely shared on social media.

*Read story here: https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=507658

Two months later, on the same date, Fiji Sun is publishing the couple’s story, only this time, it’s about Mrs Latianara’s final moments with her husband and family.

Mrs Latianara courageously fought stage four breast cancer when she was diagnosed in January this year, leaving her paralyzed from her waist down.

In happier days…the late Luisa Latianara.

In happier days…the late Luisa Latianara.

She was from Nasekula Village in Macuata.

Final moments

“Na, na, na,” Mrs Latianara called her mother.

“O au qo, luvequ (I’m here my daughter),” her mother responded.

“Vakacegu (be at peace),” Mrs Latianara said in a husky low voice.

Mereseini Dalituicama couldn’t hold back her tears.

“Jisu, na i Vakabula, Emeni (Jesus, the Saviour, Amen),” Mrs Latianara said three times.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A metaphor that best describes the characteristics of the late Mrs Latianara and her mother, Ms Dalituicama.

With tears, Ms Dalituicama still wore that welcoming smile when approached for a comment.

Mereseini Dalituicama holds a picture of Luisa Latianara at her home in Nasekula Village on July 24,2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Mereseini Dalituicama holds a picture of Luisa Latianara at her
home in Nasekula Village on July 24,2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

She never expected to lose her eldest child to breast cancer.

“After their emotional wedding, my daughter was full of life and so much joy, we stayed home for a good three weeks before she returned to the hospital as she felt her body was weak,” she said.

“My son-in-law never gave up and was dedicated in looking after and taking care of my daughter until her last breath. He would walk to the hospital every morning and return late at night.

“One evening, no one had turned up to the hospital to stay with Luisa overnight as men were not allowed to stay in the hospital overnight, Eroni insisted that he wait outside the door to hear Luisa’s call for help.”

Ms Dalituicama said on Thursday evening her daughter’s heart rate started beating quickly. “Her five-year-old son came up to the bed and gave her a kiss calling mommy, mommy.”

She said her daughter called out na (mum) three times and told her vakacegu (be at peace).

Early on Friday morning, Mr Latianara told his mother-in-law to sponge his wife just like when she was a baby.

As they turned to sponge her, Luisa gave up her last breath.

Mrs Latianara is survived by her husband and son, Qase Dalituicama.

The family has yet to set a date for the funeral.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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