Mother Tells Of Heartbreaking Moment She Lost Daughter In Burn Accident

The little girl died at the Labasa Hospital last Sunday
21 Aug 2020 12:59
Mother Tells Of Heartbreaking Moment She Lost Daughter In Burn Accident
Asena Qalo with her husband Samuela Reyawa showing their daughter’s photo, Karalaini Talei after the funeral at Navakasobu Village in Macuata Province on August 20, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu. (Inset right: Karalaini Talei)

A distraught pregnant woman in Macuata is grieving for her three-year-old daughter who died after suffering severe burns from hot water.

The little girl died at the Labasa Hospital last Sunday.

Asena Qalo, 23, of Navakasobu Village in Macuata is nine months pregnant.

Last Monday she rushed her second child, Karalaini Talei, to hospital after the unfortunate accident.

Karalaini Talei

Karalaini Talei

Yesterday Ms Qalo shared how the tragedy had left her family mourning today.

“I was preparing food for my father-in-law and warmed the water in the kitchen,” Mrs Qalo, originally from Bau Island, said.

“I didn’t know that Karalaini was under the cooking area playing with a cat when suddenly the pot handle broke and hot water spilled on her”.

She said she quickly rushed her daughter to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries after one week.

According to her, doctors said her daughter had suffered about 25 per cent burn injuries to her body.

With tears welled up in her eyes, she said: “Karalaini was dear to me as she was our only daughter”.

Little Karalaini just turned three on July 29 and was looking forward to meeting her baby brother before the end of the month.

“I am a broken mother today. Everyone is telling me not to cry because my unborn baby will be affected,”she said.

“But I can’t stop crying because when I last said goodbye to her, I did not know that I won’t get to see her again.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident and said that investigations were ongoing.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra


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