NEWLYWED Riaz Karim remained in hospital yesterday while relatives made funeral preparations for his wife, Avianna Ramraj-Karim.
Hospital sources yesterday said Karim, who is being treated for poisoning, was in serious but stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital.
The funeral service for Ramraj-Karim, 24, has been tentatively arranged for 10 a.m. tomorrow at her parents’ home at Hermitage Village, near San Fernando.
Her body is to be cremated at the Mosquito Creek cremation site.
Karim, 34, was taken to hospital hours after his wife died at a doctor’s office in Penal on Monday. The cause of her death could not be determined in an autopsy performed by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes on Tuesday.
Toxicology tests have been ordered to be done to ascertain what caused her death.
Relatives said the couple, who got married on September 1 last year, seemed to be “very happy”.
They lived at Banwarie Branch Trace, San Francique Road, with Karim’s father, Zainool Karim.
Ramraj-Karim was a technical education teacher at Parvati Girls’ Hindu College in Debe, and last year Karim began lecturing at the San Fernando campus of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), after earning a degree at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.
Karim’s relatives said that after his wife’s death on Monday, Karim cried and spoke to no one. He left the doctor’s office and returned a short while later and began vomiting. He was taken to hospital and is being treated for poisoning.
Corporal Rambajhan is investigating.