This morning as we were about to have breakfast, I saw this on my newsfeed:
The link sharer is my kababata, so I clicked on the link because people I know or grew up with might have been involved.
Turns out I knew no character in the article—heck, it was actually the first time I heard the “Navacilla” last name—but it’s as though Titus and Mary Navacilla were Randy and I.
A bitter irony
The Navacillas, Titus and Mary, are Filipino nurses in New Zealand. They were travelling in a five-seater car last May, on their way to buy a seven-seater vehicle. With the couple were their two children: three-year old Gabriel and twelve-week old Lexie. A family friend was driving for them. Their number was supposed to have been OK—the mom, the dad, the friend, and the two children in their car seats should be comfortable and safe in the five-seater car. However, their friend’s partner decided to join them. That posed a complication. To accommodate everyone, Mary Navacilla decided to remove six-month old Lexie from her car seat (and stash the car seat in the trunk) and just hold Baby Lexie on her lap. It was the first time that the family travelled that their child was not in a car seat; they knew the value of car seats when it comes to travel safety.
And I’m pretty certain it would be the last time they’ll ever do it.
Before they reached their destination, their car crashed. Mary, who was wearing a seatbelt and carrying Baby Lexie, was knocked unconscious. When she woke up, Baby Lexie was no longer in her arms. When she saw Baby Lexie with her husband, her precious angel was having seizures. Not long after, Baby Lexie died.
A mother’s intuition
The article mentioned that Mary was actually adamant about removing her baby from the car seat to accommodate another adult. She knew there was a chance that an accident might occur, and that Baby Lexie would be unsafe. But she shelved those thoughts aside and probably hoped for the best. The article further added, “The couple blamed themselves for the tragedy but said they felt pressured to leave their baby unrestrained because there was no space in the car.”
Raviv happy AND SAFE in his carseat