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Joy, sorrow for Bisnath family one year after mom’s death

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

Little Siara Lysa Bisnath has never felt the warmth of a mother’s touch. She has never heard her mother’s voice singing her a lullaby or reading a bedtime story.
But baby Siara would always have the love and support of her father and grandparents. So too will her older sister, three-year-old Solara.
Siara will celebrate her first birthday tomorrow—a day before her mother’s first death anniversary.
Sasha Lysa Ali-Bisnath died at the San Fernando General Hospital, a day after giving birth to her second daughter at Gulf View Medical Centre, La Romaine, in December 2012. Ali-Bisnath underwent a planned Caesarean section.
Ali-Bisnath, 28, was transferred to the public health institution following severe complications, her relatives said. Two autopsies performed on Ali-Bisnath’s body found that she died as a result of disseminated intra- vascular coagulation and bleeding diathesis post Caesarean Section.
She lived at Orange Field, Carapichaima.
Baby Siara was discharged from the nursing home and taken to her maternal grandparents’ home at Calcutta No. 2, Freeport after her mother died.
Grandmother Leela Ali said the best gift she can give the little girl on her first birthday, is a promise that her days will be filled with endless love. “I don’t want her to ever feel that she was responsible for her mother’s death. We are planning a little party with relatives and some children for her. We want it to be special. The next day will be her mother’s death anniversary,” she said.
Ali-Bisnath’s older daughter began attending kindergarten in September, something her mother was anxiously looking forward to.
Her father, Damien Bisnath, said, “She is always asking about her mommy. She started school this year. So many things are happening. She said she can’t wait to get tall so she can reach heaven and see her mummy again. Everytime we pass the nursing home, she asks if we are going to pick up her mommy.”
Bisnath said his life had become a roller coaster, since his wife’s death. “I have to juggle work and taking care of the kids. Solara is with me all the time. After school she stays with her grandparents. The baby, however, is staying with my in-laws. But I will be taking her with me soon,” he said.
Bisnath said he would celebrate Siara’s first birthday with close friends and relatives. “And I have already started buying presents for them for Christmas. I want them to always feel special,” he said.
Bisnath said he was severely affected by his wife’s death. “She was my everything, I still cannot believe she is gone. I don’t think I can ever get over something like that. My wife was the light in my house, now that is gone,” he said.
Bisnath said his family was seeking legal advice. “I am pursuing this matter for my children. My lawyers are in the process of drawing up the documents to be served to the nursing home,” he said.
South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) chairman, Dr Lackram Bodoe, said following Ali-Bisnath’s death a preliminary report suggests that staff at San Fernando General Hospital did all within their power and mobilised all resources to keep her alive following the transfer.
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