Family still grieves for great-grandma

Madam Ramasamy Krishnama was well until her heart attack, said a 52-year-old family member.

"Even at her age, she could still run after the bus, but she was stopped by my sister," he recalled with a laugh.

Speaking to The New Paper from his home in Simei yesterday, he said Madam Krishnama was dearly missed by her extended family.

The mother of six had 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She had never worked and she had spent her whole life taking care of her family. She was homely and enjoyed reading Indian epics until her eyesight started to fail, said the family member.

Madam Krishnama had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and excessive levels of fatty substances in the blood.

On June 13 last year, she had been talking to her granddaughter when she suffered a heart attack.

Madam Krishnama, who would rotate her stay between her children's homes, was at her daughter's home in Hougang when it happened, said the family member. She was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where her condition was stabilised.

A week later, she was well enough to be considered for discharge, only to have her condition worsen again on June 22 due to a high fever.

She was transferred to the high dependency unit and continued to show signs of heart failure, chest infection and respiratory failure. Her family decided to transfer her to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Her daughter, Ms Bachant Kaur, 48, told reporters in court yesterday that it has been a year, but the family is still hurting from the manner of Madam Krishnama's death.

"I'm emotionally a bit down. The way my mother died was very painful for me and my family. Today, we are still fighting the pain," she said.

"We are trying to move on. We hope (such an incident) will not happen again."

The family member said that his mother's death had been a shock to all of them.

"All we wanted was for her to come back (from the hospital) safe and sound," he added.

The way my mother died was very painful for me and my family. Today, we are still fighting the pain.

- Ms Bachant Kaur