Baby re­minds fam­ily of Ki­tione Tukana

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Her fa­ther will al­ways be in her heart. These were the words of Mele Fala­hola, the part­ner of the late Ki­tione Tukana. She gave birth to their daugh­ter Kay­tee Su­san Fala­hola Tukana at 8am on June 7. She said it was a very touch­ing and emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for her to go through the de­liv­ery of her baby girl with­out her part­ner by her side. The 21-year-old Mr Tukana died fol­low­ing a fa­tal ac­ci­dent on April 24. “I wish only if her dad was with us so we could have shared our hap­pi­ness to­gether. I feel happy see­ing my bun­dle of joy in my arms but sad at the same time be­cause my fam­ily pic­ture is in­com­plete,” Ms Fala­hola said. “My ex­pe­ri­ence through­out this jour­ney is re­ally won­der­ful and that feel­ing when I be­came a mother; held her in my arms for the first time, I was filled with joy.” She said if Mr Tuakana was here, he would have been so proud and happy see­ing their baby, Kay­tee. “I am sure he would have been the per­fect daddy to his baby girl,” Ms Fala­hola said. “I have thought to tell her about her fa­ther when she’s ma­ture enough to un­der­stand the story of my life. But for now, I will teach her ‘Baby; daddy is here’ while hold­ing her hand and make her touch her heart.” She said Kay­tee looked just like her fa­ther as it re­minded Ms Fala­hola of Mr Tukana.

“When I see Kay­tee smile, I feel like she’s telling me to be strong be­cause I am here for you mom,” she said. “She is the rea­son why I keep go­ing in life and it will con­tinue to do so while I go back to uni­ver­sity to com­plete my ed­u­ca­tion. “Kay­tee has changed my life be­cause now I have my lit­tle Kiti with me as my daugh­ter and be a suc­cess­ful mother to her.” Salote Tukana, mother of late Ki­tione Tukana said she could not stop her­self from cry­ing see­ing her grand­daugh­ter. “I’m so proud that God has blessed us with my beau­ti­ful baby princess,” she said.

Mele Fala­hola with her daugh­ter Kay­tee Su­san Fala­hola Tukana at their res­i­dence in Cun­nigham, Suva.

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