Life can change in an instant. Unexpected things happen—both good and bad. And while we hope for the best all the time, and how much we prepare, bad things just seem to keep finding its way to come out sometimes. Such was the case for one family who lost their mum on a quick trip to the loo that ended in tragedy.
According to the fundraising platform GIVE.Asia, a woman was having her confinement at home but later experienced a fall in the toilet and sustained a spinal injury.
However, due to the severity of her injuries, the mother-of-five subsequently suffered brain death. She leaves behind her husband, Eddy, and five young children aged from two months to 9 years old.
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Following the tragedy where mum of five declared brain dead after fall in toilet, her husband Eddy now bears the burden of raising five children single-handedly. | Image source: Give.Asia
After his wife’s death, Eddy shared in a video that their children—who are still too young to understand the meaning of death—often ask about her whereabouts.
According to Eddy, they would ask: “Why go back school, why dad picks up? Where’s mum? (sic)”
Working as a Mechanic Mover, Eddy now bears the responsibility as the sole breadwinner of the family while earning an average gross income of $2,400.
While he has received financial help from the community, he still requires more help.
Still, the amount Eddy earns is barely enough to cover his children’s childcare/school fees and living expenses.
With little left for savings, Eddy said he is concerned that he will not be able to afford his children’s education, causing them to quit school in the future.
To help support the children’s educational needs, a fundraising campaign on GIVE.Asia Kindness has been set up to raise funds for them. S$58,558 has been raised as of the time of writing.
All donations will go towards an endowment policy which will be managed by Giveasia Kindness. When the policy matures, Eddy’s children will be able to use the funds for their education when they are older.