A week after fire destroyed their apartment leaving them homeless, 25-year-old Lauren Mohammed gave birth to a healthy baby girl via caesarian section.
Mohammed and her family— two infant sons, her husband, two young brothers and her mother— were staying in an abandon building in Debe not far from where their apartment was destroyed at Ghandi Village.
As faith would have it, hours after moving into an apartment at La Romaine on Saturday, Mohammed’s water bag burst and she underwent an emergency C-Section at the San Fernando General Hospital where she was still warded up to late yesterday.
Mohammed’s mother Vashti Samoocharan was thankful that her daughter and granddaughter will have somewhere warm, safe and clean to reside when they are discharged from the hospital.
“God is good. Everything work out,” said Samoocharan, 44.
However, the mother, a domestic worker, is still struggling to put food on the table and provide for her family.
Mohammed’s husband was recently diagnosed with a severe skin disease which causes painful blisters to break out on his hands and feet.
“Right now we still eating bread. We got a fire cracker but we still struggling,” lamented Samoocharan.
Everything they owned, including their clothes and all the baby supplies and clothing, were destroyed in the fire.
Mohammed’s two sons ages one and two are not in school.
However, Samoocharan’s two sons, ages five and 11 have not been able to attend school since the fire because their school supplies and uniform were burnt.
Coupled with that, they had nowhere to live.
Officials of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services are in touch with the family with regards to its rental assistance programme grant. They were among 14 victims who were left homeless after a fire destroyed three apartments on October 23.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Anyone willing to assist the family can contact them at 497-8212 or 764-5379.
Reporter: Sascha wILSON