Some members of the immediately family of one of the three persons who perished in the St. Jude fire eight years ago, say the anniversary of the fire which the hospital is currently commemorating means nothing to them.
“We have no interest in their anniversary. No one cares about us…. No official from government or St. Jude Hospital ever came to us and expressed condolences for our loss…”Kshana Moffat, the grand-daughter of Joseph Jn. Baptiste, who perished in the inferno told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview.
His widow Felixia Jn. Baptiste added that no one has compensated them for the loss of her beloved husband, so she has no interest in the activity the hospital will be holding in relation to the tragedy.
The fire of September 9, 2009, which led to the hospital now operating out of the George Odlum Stadium at Beanfield, Vieux-Fort, also claimed the lives of Mernus Vigier and Claudius Soudine.
According to the family, they celebrate the tragedy in their own way. They say they usually get together and reminisce the love and care Jn. Baptiste had for them. Jn. Baptiste, a resident of Pierrot, Vieux-Fort, died at the age of 87.
At the time of the fire the current administration was in office.
His widow said the moments she spent with her husband the last time she saw him at the hospital still lingers in her mind.
“The day before the fire, I powdered him, made coffee for him and kissed him,” she recalled, adding that her husband was due to be discharged from the hospital the day before the fire.
She said when she first heard the news of a fire at the hospital she never expected her husband would have been a victim of it.
Felixia said what further annoyed her was that just over a week after the fire, the hospital sent her a bill which she has no intention of paying.
“I will pay the bill if they give me back my husband,” Felixia said.
Moffat said when she heard the news of her grandfather’s death she was in shock.
“The whole family cried…” she said.
The family say it’s an experience they will never forget and it gets more painful whenever they visit someone at the hospital, or even pass near it. They are now calling on the government to expedite work on the hospital to ensure that it is completed in the shortest possible time.
“I find they are taking too long to rebuild the hospital,” Moffat said, adding that she hope this time measures will be put in place to avoid another tragedy.