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Dad: He was an extraordinary child
Natasha Granger was still recovering from the stillbirth of her fourth child when death returned to her home and took her five-year-old son Pawaan yesterday.
Crushed by a falling wall while watering the tulsi plants he loved, Pawaan died in the hands of his father Mikahail Granger as he sprinted to the Fyzabad Health Centre for help. The wailing at the family’s home was disheartening as Natasha and her second daughter Preetie clung to each other in a hammock.
“Why he had to go away,” Preetie cried, but there were no answers from her parents who still looked in a state of shock.
Mikahail said that it was around 9 am as he and Natasha sat in the living room talking when they saw Pawaan walked to the front yard. Within five minutes, they were jolted by a crashing noise and saw a portion of a wall to the side of the house on Pawaan’s head while frozen in a seated position on the ground. He said that by the time they reached the health centre, Pawaan had already died.
“He was an extraordinary child. He might have been a futuristic person; somebody who would have seen things long before as he had a greater understanding of things at his age. He was an extremely intelligent child like his sister,” Mikahail said.
He said he believes his wife needed professional counselling as he does not believe he could help her through this type of grief. Natasha said Pawaan loved her plants and would help her take care of them and it just what he was doing when the wall felt.
She said she had an eerie feeling the past two days as an old man pointed his hand behind Pawaan’s head, in the shape of a gun and shouted “gunshots” three days. She said since then, she kept him close, but it was all in vain.
Pawaan’s grandfather Errol Bunsee, a builder, said the wall that fell was not constructed properly as the builders used mortar to bond the fallen wall into another that ran alongside the property.
Bunsee said even the colour of the mortar showed that it was not mixed properly. The concrete blocks were not properly tied in a laid, nor was there any steel or reinforcing columns to hold it in place.
Mikahail said they met the wall there when the moved into the rented house a year ago. Trained as a mechanic, he said he did not know anything about construction to have had an idea that the wall was not properly constructed.
He said the opposite wall was shaking so he warned his family to stay away from it. He said the fallen wall, which holds up a counter, was used by the previous tenants who were caterers.
Pawaan’s teacher at the Siparia Road Presbyterian School said he was a wonderful child, with great potential.
An autopsy has been ordered at the Forensic Science Centre today. Preliminary reports suggest that Pawaan suffered a fractured skull and broken neck. His death has been so far deemed accidental.
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