Mrs. Shadin, the still grieving mother of Mohamed Zaaman who lost his life tragically, a year after the car in which he was traveling crashed on the Maria’s Lodge Public Road, still has unanswered questions.
And the woman says that no answer is forthcoming from the law enforcement officers.
According to Mrs. Shadin, what is most brutal, is having to live with the fact that a year has already elapsed since she lost her son and a charge has not been instituted against the other driver.
Abdool Zainool was driving the car with Mohamed Zaaman as a passenger on February 11, 2009, when they collided with a car driven by Thakur Persaud. Mohamed Zaaman and Abdool Zainool both died.
Zaaman died three days after the accident at the Woodlands Hospital, while Zainool died instantly on the Maria’s Lodge Public Road.
The bereaved mother said what has pained her family the most is the unsympathetic manner of the surviving driver. She said that to date, the Mr. Persaud family has not offered sympathy to her family.
According to a police report, a hire car driven by the late Abdool Zainool was proceeding south along the Maria’s Lodge Public Road, when a Land Cruiser, GLL 2429, driven by Persaud, collided with the car, HB 5037, killing Zainool instantly while passenger Zaaman died three days later at the Woodlands Hospital.
Mohamed Zaaman died of multiple injuries. He sustained a broken leg and had complained of severe stomach pains. According to Mrs. Shadin, on the day of the incident, she said that she recalled receiving a call from a nurse at the Suddie Hospital at around 10.30hrs informing her to walk along with some clean clothes for her son Zamaan.
She said she was never made aware of her son’s involvement in an accident until after her arrival at the Suddie Hospital.
She said her son had to be transferred to the Woodlands Hospital because in her view he was not properly attended to at Suddie.
Mrs. Shadin said that for seven long hours, her son remained in blood while a patient at the Suddie Hospital and when enquires were made by concerned relatives about his condition she recalled being told by a nurse that she had no intention of tidying him up. The task of cleaning up her son was entrusted to her other two children, Zaleena and Zalim.
Zaleena, Zaaman’s sister, said that although doctors reassured them that a scan revealed no severe complications, her brother nevertheless continued to experience severe pains in the stomach. She said little attention was given to his consistent pleas and more attention was placed on his broken leg.
Although the family was convinced that something was amiss contrary to the doctor’s continuous reassurance, the severe pains to the stomach that her brother was experiencing or probably because of a trauma/shock or gas.
Bibi Zorena, the widow of the late Zainool, said that one year after her husband’s death she is worse off. She said she is now performing domestic duties, the earnings from which are not enough for the sustenance of her children aged eleven and twelve.
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