First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, offered words of comfort and support to grieving Ms. Ophelia James, who lost two children in an accident on the Aruka River on the evening of Thursday, August 25.
Ms. James is currently an in-patient of the Female Surgical Ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) nursing serval injuries, including two broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade and punctured left lung, following the collision. The First Lady, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, extended condolences to Ms. James on the death of her two children and spent several quiet moments speaking with her. The attending physician also updated the First Lady on the woman’s prognosis.
Ms. James and her family, including her husband Mr. Basil DaSilva and their children, nine-year-old Loyzal DaSilva, seven-year-old Daveannand James and an older sibling, of Central Kumaka, were sailing home when a boat hit theirs from behind, causing it to capsize and tossing them into the river. The younger children perished, while the eldest and their parents managed to swim to safety. Mr. DaSilva escaped with minor injuries and the eldest child is unharmed.
Meanwhile, the First Lady also visited Presidential Guard, Constable Jamelle Joseph, who is warded in the same hospital wing as she recovers from minor surgery.