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Gone too soon

Mere Naleba
Monday, April 21, 2014

PLANS by the Santos family of Nausori to take their miracle babies to town this morning came to a painful end at the weekend when the head of the family - Edgar Santos - died in a fishing accident.

Rosemarie Santos now only wishes her husband of 17 years could have spent just a little more time on Earth to help her raise their children.

"After having seven miscarriages, we were told our only option of having children was to adopt them," Mrs Santos said.

"But God decided to bless us with two healthy babies, our miracle babies.

"But now my husband will not be here to see them grow up."

After celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary last month, the Santos had so much planned for their children - Samuel, 10, and Havilah, 7.

Santos, 44, an electrician with Pacific Foods Limited, is believed to have been electrocuted while fishing in a creek using an electric fishing rod he had assembled himself.

Mrs Santos said she had gone to wait for her husband at the bridge next to the Nausori Baptist Church so he could accompany her to the market. But her husband never showed up.

"My son understands that daddy has gone to be with the Lord, but it has not really sunk in yet, but my daughter still thinks daddy has gone away for a while and will be back," she said.

"I am glad God is with me, and he will comfort me through this time."

Meanwhile, the body of a five-year-old boy from Nasigatoka Village in Rewa who drowned after allegedly being pushed into the sea by another child, was found yesterday morning by a village search party.

The drowning death toll now stands at 20 compared with 19 for the same period last year.

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