Miss Elizabeth Mawe Dumah, 27, a registered nurse and Officer in Charge at Palala Clinic, Bong County, who was looking forward to her wedding day on Saturday, May 7, died last week Saturday, April 30 from what doctors referred to as pulmonary embolism (blockage of blood vessel) and malaria in pregnancy.
The news of her death quickly spread to her parents, fiance, friends and family circles, many of them breaking into tears.
Family sources told Daily Observer that Ms. Dumah, who was about to have her second child, was initially admitted to the C.H. Dunbah Maternity Hospital for two weeks, and was treated for malaria, and later discharged.
But a few days to her ninth month of pregnancy, on the fateful Saturday night, she reportedly complained of unbearable pain in her stomach. She died shortly after being taken to the C. H. Dunbar Maternity Hospital in Gbarnga.
It said pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel in the lung, usually by a blood coagulate (clot, set).
James Dumah, Sr., 65, told the Daily Observer that his daughter’s death was a great loss to his family.
Recalling his daughter’s upbringing and academic achievements, Mr. Dumah said she was a very bright student when she graduated Suma Cum Laude from Cuttington University College, earning a BSC degree in Nursing in 2015.
“She promised me and Sarah, her mother, that she needed to work only for a short period of time to enroll for her Master’s degree studies. O God, Why?” Mr. Dumah lamented.
He said, “My daughter was obedient, hardworking, determined and persistent. She loved working with people especially with women and children. Due to that encouragement, I invested in her education through the years in getting her prepared for life when I worked with Africare and other areas.”
He said his daughter had been very serviceable to the family, providing material assistance to him in particular, now that he is no longer working due to old age.
Meanwhile, the remains of the Ms. Dumah have been deposited at the Borough Funeral Home in New Kru Town pending funeral rites on Saturday, May 7 which was to be her wedding day. The funeral will be held at the New Life in Christ Outreach Ministry Church in Kpelle Town near S. D. Cooper Road, ELWA Junction.
Internment will take place in Haindii, headquarters of Fuamah District, Lower Bong County.