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Wife’s sudden death puzzling, husband in hospital

By Cecily Asson Wednesday, January 15 2014

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Loving couple: Aviana Ramraj-Karim died at a medical centre after falling ill at her home in Penal on Monday. Her husband, Reza Karim, who collapsed v...
Loving couple: Aviana Ramraj-Karim died at a medical centre after falling ill at her home in Penal on Monday. Her husband, Reza Karim, who collapsed v...

PRAYERS are being offered by two families for the full recovery of COSTAATT lecturer Reza Karim, 34, who remains in hospital after the sudden death of his wife, Aviana Ramraj-Karim, 24, on Monday morning.

Avianna, a former Miss Mastana Bahar delegate, who taught sciences at Parvati Girls’ High School in Debe for two years, died right before her husband’s eyes after he rushed her for medical treatment when she fell ill at their home on Banwarie Trace Extension, San Francique, Penal.

Yesterday, an autopsy performed by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, was inconclusive pending a toxicology report. Tissue samples, police said, have been taken to be sent for further analysis.

Reza, a former male nurse at St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital, and Aviana were married last September and relatives described them as “lovebirds” who were “inseparable.” They are graduates of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Reza was at his wife’s bedside when she succumbed to her ailment, grieving relatives told Newsday yesterday. Aviana had collapsed after suffering what appeared to be a seizure and Reza placed her in his van and rushed her to a private medical centre at Penal Rock Road, Penal, where, at about 8 am, doctors pronounced her dead.

What happened next has left the Karim and Ramraj families in total shock. Within minutes of Aviana’s death, an inconsolable Reza left the clinic, returned a short while later and sat on the bed next to his wife’s body and began crying again. The next thing, family members at the bedside struggling to come to terms with her death, had to shift their attention to Reza who collapsed after a bout of vomiting. Reza’s sister Patricia Mohammed, 51, explained, “He began vomiting and when nurses checked and found he had a weak pulse, told us to take him to San Fernando General Hospital immediately.”

It was their brother who put Reza in a car and rushed him to the general hospital where he was treated and up to yesterday remained warded in a stable condition. Mohammed said Reza was the “baby” in the family.

His sister-in-law, Sheriffa Karim, said when they received the news that Aviana had died and rushed to the medical centre they found a “heartbroken Reza” who had been crying. “He was just crying and not talking to anyone,” she said. “He left the room telling us he was going for his wallet. He returned shortly after and went back into the room and that’s when he began vomiting and collapsed.” Sheriffa added, “He loved her a lot and we were happy when they got married. She was such a nice person and we would always remember her for her laughter.”

Aviana’s mother Julie Ramraj, who is still mourning the loss of her husband Jaglal Ramraj, also a teacher, three years ago, is now faced with the death of her second child and her son-in-law who is ailing at hospital. She told Newsday her daughter was very intelligent and was looking forward to pursuing her Masters’ degree. Julie said she spoke to Aviana on Sunday and she was in good spirits.

Julie added “She told me she was going to exercise.” She said she knew her daughter at times suffered from “low blood pressure,” but had no major illness.

Avaiana graduated from UWI in 2011 and held degrees in Environmental Management and Biology and had a minor in Zoology.

“Such a young and brilliant child with a bright future ahead of her. She was my pet, she was a respectable child, very close to me, I don’t know how I will cope,” Julie said.

Other relatives said they saw the happy couple “making market” in Penal on Sunday.

“Aviana was by her aunt and they cook and eat. Everybody had a good time. They really loved each other,” said a relative. Aviana also leaves to mourn her brother Shivan, 29, a teacher at Open Bible High School, San Fernando and Shivanna, 23, who works at the Ministry of Food Production.

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