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Gas stove lifts disabled mother's spirit

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, March 25, 2013

THE plight of Lusiana Vakayatuyatu certainly touched the heart of a Good Samaritan who bought her a new gas stove to prevent her from crawling outside to the fireplace.

Ms Vakayatuyatu's plight which was published in The Fiji Times early this month highlighted her struggles as a mother with amputated legs looking after her disabled son in Naduri Village in Macuata.

For the past two years she has relied on her knees for movement including stepping down to the kitchen outside to light a fire and cook their food.

But, a Good Samaritan in Savusavu has changed that after giving her the new gas stove on Saturday.

Steven Sharma, who owns a seafood company and sells from the Savusavu Market said Lusiana deserved the help from his family.

"We are glad to help her and make life easier for her especially in her condition and looking after her disabled son.

"I am glad to be of any assistance to her and her son."

When she received the stove, Ms Vakayatuyatu shared how she was fixing her old primus in her kitchen on Saturday morning to cook lunch.

"My stove is old and I have not used it for quite sometime. But because it started raining on Saturday, I got it out to prepare it for cooking meals," Ms Vakayatuyatu said

"I collected some old wick from a friend who was going to throw away her primus. The wick was to fit into my primus so I could cook our food."

"Just when I was working on it, a friend came and told me that a new gas stove will be delivered to me in the afternoon.

"I just cried knowing God had touched the heart of the Good Samaritan and it was perfect timing, when I really needed a new stove."

She added that yesterday's Palm Sunday came as a blessing for her as she could cook their lunch on the new gas stove.

"I am so grateful to Mr Sharma and his family and thankful to God for touching his heart to lend a hand of help to me and my son."


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