MH17 crash: Doctor' s wife was a doting grandma

MH17 crash: Doctor' s wife was a doting grandma
Pensive: Vijendran speaking about his wife who was on board the ill-fated flight.

KUALA LUMPUR - The days following the MH17 tragedy were tough for the close-knit family of ophthalmologist Datuk Dr Vijendran Markandu.

His wife Datin Priya Vijendran, 69, was among those on board the doomed flight.

However, many of her friends were initially unaware that she was one of the victims because the passenger manifest had her listed as Datin Kausalya Jairamdas.

She had travelled using her maiden name and Priya was the name she had taken up after her marriage in 1967.

Dr Vijendran, 72, said only her close friends were aware about it. They had come to visit the family in Bukit Damansara but many others are still in the dark.

Priya was a doting grandmother who was returning home after spending nearly a month with her two grandchildren - seven-year-old Chiara and nine-year-old Leo, the children of their second son Sanjay - in Lieden, Amsterdam, he said.

"She loved the grandchildren very much," he said in an interview in which he was accompanied by his three sons Rajiv, Sanjay and Prem.

Dr Vijendran said the family was unable to have closure as they did not have Priya's remains yet.

"We will continue to carry out prayers," he said, adding that a prayer session would be held at 5pm on Monday at the Lakshmi Narayan temple in Kg Kasipillay, Jalan Ipoh.

Dr Vijendran said he last saw his wife when he sent her to Kuala Lumpur Sentral for her to board the train to the airport on June 23.

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