Sun sets on Luisa La­tia­nara’s life

FUL­FILL­ING HIS VOWS TO HIS WIFE AND GOD, ERONI LA­TIA­NARA TOOK HER ON A WHEEL­CHAIR TO SEE THE SUN­RISE ON THURS­DAY AND BREATHE IN FRESH AIR THREE TIMES BE­FORE SHE PASSED AWAY ON HER HOS­PI­TAL BED.

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For the last time, the sun­rise set on her face be­fore she gave up her fi­nal breath on her hos­pi­tal bed.

That was the late Luisa La­tia­nara’s re­quest to her ded­i­cated hus­band, Eroni La­tia­nara, while hold­ing his hand.

Ful­fill­ing his vows to his wife and God, Mr La­tia­nara took her on a wheel­chair to see the sun­rise on Thurs­day and breathe in fresh air three times. She passed away at 5:45am on Fri­day at the Labasa Hos­pi­tal. She was 27. The cou­ple’s wed­ding and emo­tional love story was fea­tured in the Fiji Sun ti­tled “A wed­ding to re­mem­ber” on May 26, 2020, which was widely shared on so­cial me­dia.

Two months later, on the same date,

Fiji Sun is pub­lish­ing the cou­ple’s story, only this time, it’s about Mrs La­tia­nara’s fi­nal mo­ments with her hus­band and fam­ily.

Mrs La­tia­nara coura­geously fought stage four breast can­cer when she was di­ag­nosed in Jan­uary this year, leav­ing her par­a­lyzed from her waist down.

She was from Nasekula Vil­lage in

Macu­ata.

Fi­nal mo­ments

“Na, na, na,” Mrs La­tia­nara called her mother.

“O au qo, lu­vequ (I’m here my daugh­ter),” her mother re­sponded.

“Vakacegu (be at peace),” Mrs La­tia­nara said in a husky low voice. Mere­seini Dal­i­tuicama couldn’t hold back her tears.

“Jisu, na i Vak­ab­ula, Emeni (Je­sus, the Saviour, Amen),” Mrs La­tia­nara said three times.

The ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A metaphor that best de­scribes the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the late Mrs La­tia­nara and her mother, Ms Dal­i­tuicama.

With tears, Ms Dal­i­tuicama still wore that wel­com­ing smile when ap­proached for a com­ment.

She never ex­pected to lose her el­dest child to breast can­cer.

“Af­ter their emo­tional wed­ding, my daugh­ter was full of life and so much joy, we stayed home for a good three weeks be­fore she re­turned to the hos­pi­tal as she felt her body was weak,” she said.

“My son-in-law never gave up and was ded­i­cated in look­ing af­ter and tak­ing care of my daugh­ter un­til her last breath. He would walk to the hos­pi­tal ev­ery morn­ing and re­turn late at night.

“One evening, no one had turned up to the hos­pi­tal to stay with Luisa overnight as men were not al­lowed to stay in the hos­pi­tal overnight, Eroni in­sisted that he wait out­side the door to hear Luisa’s call for help.” Ms Dal­i­tuicama said on Thurs­day evening her daugh­ter’s heart rate started beat­ing quickly. “Her fiveyear-old son came up to the bed and gave her a kiss call­ing mommy, mommy.”

She said her daugh­ter called out na (mum) three times and told her

vakacegu (be at peace).

Early on Fri­day morn­ing, Mr La­tia­nara told his mother-in-law to sponge his wife just like when she was a baby. As they turned to sponge her, Luisa gave up her last breath.

Mrs La­tia­nara is sur­vived by her hus­band and son, Qase Dal­i­tuicama.

The fam­ily has yet to set a date for the fu­neral.

Af­ter their emo­tional wed­ding, my daugh­ter was full of life and so much joy, we stayed home for a good three weeks be­fore she re­turned to the hos­pi­tal as she felt her body was weak.

Mere­seini Dal­i­tuicama

Mother

late Luisa La­tia­nara.

In hap­pier days…the

Photo: Laisa Lui

Mere­seini Dal­i­tuicama holds a pic­ture of Luisa La­tia­nara at her home in Nasekula Vil­lage on July 24,2020.

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