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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Trinidad and Tobago : Freeport grandad dies from dengue

Via Guardian :

" Relatives of Freeport grandfather Haniff Ali were looking forward to planning a celebration for his 59th birthday next week. Instead, they are making preparations for his funeral. Ali, of Calcutta No 1, Freeport, died from dengue haemorrhagic fever around 1.35 am yesterday at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital, where he had been warded since last Tuesday. When the T&T Guardian visited Ali’s home yesterday, relatives were still in shock and trying to come to terms with his death.

His daughter Krista, 23, said she was expecting her father to come home this week when they would have planned his birthday party for August 28. When the T&T Guardian arrived yesterday, relatives were removing a “Happy Birthday” banner from their front porch, which they had left hanging up in anticipation of Ali’s birthday celebrations on his return. The banner, they said, had been there since they held a birthday party earlier in the month for Ali’s granddaughter Celine, who turned eight.

Krista said her father was diagnosed with dengue last Saturday by their private doctor and was being treated with medication and intravenous (IV) drips. She said he was feeling better after that initial treatment. However, she said her father, a Revenue Officer IV at the Inland Revenue Office, Chaguanas, went to bed last Monday and woke up around 3 am bleeding."

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