ONLY 3 MONTHS TO LIVE
By CECILY ASSON Thursday, July 31 2014
FATE robbed 13-year-old Nyron Ramcharan of the three months given him by doctors to live when a tragic Eid holiday accident on the Uriah Butler Highway claimed his life along with his mother and father. Doctors had actually told the family that the boy’s kidneys including one given by his mother, were failing rapidly and he was not expected to survive beyond three months, if he could not find a new donor.
Nyron died with his parents Mahadeo Ramcharan, 47, and Nanda Ramcharan, 36, in a tragic vehicular accident on Tuesday, fate taking him before the outcome of the bleak prognosis given by his doctors, even while he was returning home from dialysis treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC).
After four years and the donation of one of her kidneys by his mother, Nyron’s own organ began to fail him again and unless a donor was found, doctors said he would die, his aunt Rajwantie Ramadhar told Newsday yesterday. Nyron was put on dialysis while the search began for a kidney donor.
“Last month doctors first told his mother he had six months to live, but then again they reduced it to three.” With his health deteriorating, family members were informed to prepare for the worse in three months time. Despite the bad news, Ramadhar said members of the close-knit family always held out hope that Nyron would not die as he was a fighter all his life. He was diagnosed with renal failure at age two and seven years later, underwent a kidney transplant.
But in a twist of fate, just one month after receiving the grim news (that the teen only had three months left to live), Nyron and his parents were dead. “We still didn’t believe that he would have died in those three months, although we were told that,” she told Newsday.
Within the last few weeks, Nyron visited Eric Williams Science Complex, Mt Hope regularly for dialysis treatment and it was while they were returning home from one such visit tragedy struck the family.
According to a police report, at 1.45 pm on Tuesday, Mahadeo was driving his Honda Civic car south along the Uriah Butler Highway when in the vicinity of the Endeavour Flyover, a white Mitsubishi Lancer proceeding on the northbound lane of the highway hit the back of a blue garbage truck. The truck, police said, veered off the road, crossing the median which divides the north and southbound lanes and slammed headon into Ramcharan’s car, crushing the vehicle and killing all three occupants instantly.
Autopsies performed yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James revealed thedeaths were due to injuries consistent with a vehicular accident. The three suffered massive head injuries.
Yesterday, at the house of mourning at Ramsabad Trace, Rochard Road, Penal grandmother Bernadette Soondar, 68, sat weeping as she struggled to make sense of the tragedy.
She said while she knew her grandson’s prognosis was not good, she too felt he would make it as he was a determined child. He was looking forward to entering Form One at Barrackpore East Secondary School where his younger brother Nigel, 12, would also start classes having gained a place in the 2014 SEA examination. His illness did not allow him to sit SEA as he was undergoing surgery at EWMSC at the time. Through the kindness of the Ministry of Education he was placed in the same school as his brother. “He was a brilliant boy who loved computers,” Soondar said. Soondar added she had spent many days and nights with him in hospital.
“I used to sleep on two chairs,” she said.
The grief stricken grandmother told Newsday, “I wanted to be with him due to what the doctors were telling his mother about his condition, she (Nyron’s mother) just wanted to be with him. God knows best and while His ways won’t ever be understood, to take three one time is just too much for one family.”
For Soondar, what happened on Tuesday has to be destiny. She said Mahadeo rarely made the journey to Mt Hope with his son for the dialysis treatment. It was Nanda, Soondar said, who always took Nyron to Mt Hope for treatment. “Yesterday (Tuesday) Nanda insisted that Mahadeo go with them,” Soondar said.
Nyron had been ill all weekend but due to a wedding in the family he did not go for his dialysis.
“He was running a high fever and needed his dialysis and that is why they went yesterday.
Last week, whole week, every day she running with him,” Soondar cried.
The grandmother of 16 described her daughter and son-in-law Mahadeo, who was a supervisor of medical orderlies at San Fernando General Hospital, as good parents who spared nothing to make sure their children were well taken care of. The couple was married for the past 20 years and had two other sons Rikash, 17, and Nigel 12.
“Right now those boys are not dealing with the deaths of their parents and brother...they don’t even want to stay in the house,” Soondar said. Relatives yesterday called for the installation of cable barriers along the highway as they believe the lives of their loved ones could have been saved if the cables were in place.
“If there were cable barriers, the truck would have never crossed the median. Planting flowers instead in that area is very dangerous — put crash barriers instead,” Soondar begged. Up to yesterday, the driver of the Lancer, aged 21, remained in police custody although having passed a breathalyser test. Investigations are continuing.