The young mother of a one-year-old baby girl and the grandparents of a 4 months old baby girl, joined the growing list of families who are in mourning today at the death of their loved ones.
The two babies are the ‘…2 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours’ in yesterday’s (30th November) Ministry of Health update that has put the death toll from the measles epidemic at 44 and still counting.
Zita Sally Nanai is the 21-year-old mother of the one-year-old baby girl from Puipa’a who is mourning the loss of her loved one.
“I’m torn and I’m broken, my baby is not coming back and I am in so much pain,” mother Nanai mourned her baby.
"We are shattered by our loss and trying to come to terms with this disease that took away our angel.”
Nanai said her baby was in hospital for two weeks and her health deteriorated and there was no sign of improvement until she gave in and her daughter passed away yesterday noon.
"She was so weak and I guess she was too young to carry all the pain it was too much for her.
“Her face covered with red spots and her mouth so strange looking."
Nanai reflected at sitting next to her child and seeing her suffer as she looked on helpless to do anything to save her.
She was named Sally, a namesake for her mother and she was her first born.
Lene and Filipaina Schuster are the grandparents of 4 months olds baby Eme who died peacefully in their hands.
She died after 3 weeks in hospital yesterday afternoon, too weak to fight a combination of pneumonia and measles, according to her heartbroken family.
“We were so lost when she took her final breath and we are torn apart,” grandpa Lene Schuster struggled through his emotions.
Grandma Filipaina has added concerns for her daughter, who is the mother of her grandchild.
“Baby Eme is our daughter and her husband’s first born child and we can only imagine their loss,” grandmother Filipaina managed to comment.
As parents they promised to share the burden of the loss with their grandchild’s parents.
Both baby Sally and Eme are to be laid to rest today.
The Ministry of Health update report as of Saturday 30th of November, confirms a total of 3,357 measles cases since the outbreak started.
There were 208 recorded in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 189 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 160 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 3 at Poutasi District Hospital, 3 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 19 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) and 2 at Sataua District Hospital. Admissions include 21 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women at TTMH.
The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 957.
Of that, 727 patients have been discharged.