'I have to move on...She needs a better life'

'I have to move on...She needs a better life'
Baby Nur Fiq’ Arianna Muhammad Afiq in her cot where there is a photo of her parents placed on the left upper side. The baby's father, Muhammad Afiq Abdul Rahim, died in a motorcycle accident in May 2014. The baby's mother, Madam Siti Mariam Ishak was five months pregnant then.

SINGAPORE - At the left upper side of the cot sits a photo frame with a picture of herself and her husband.

Madam Siti Mariam Ishak, 29, puts it there so that from Day 1, their newborn will know what her father looked like.

Four months ago, in May, Mr Muhammad Afiq Abdul Rahim, 26, died in a motorcycle accident. Madam Siti Mariam was five months pregnant.

Mr Afiq, a lorry driver, was on his way home after passing the lorry keys to his colleague at the end of his shift.

About two weeks ago, Madam Siti Mariam gave birth to Nur Fiq' Arianna Muhammad Afiq .

She turns emotional when she recalls the time she delivered the couple's first child without her husband by her side.

She had gone to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) on her due date for a check-up.

She says: "My baby's heartbeat suddenly dropped, so they rushed me to the labour ward."

She started having contractions soon after.

With her voice cracking and tears tumbling down her cheeks, she tells The New Paper on Sunday: "When the contractions started, that was when I missed him the most."

She recalls: "I pushed and pushed until I could feel the head. I pushed hard because I knew she was going to be my last baby."

Within two hours, the baby was born at 2.47am on Sept 12.

She says Arianna, whose name is a combination of her nickname Aria and her husband's name, resembles her husband.

"The way she sleeps, some of her mannerisms, she is exactly like her father," she says.

Even though looking at her baby reminds her of her husband, Madam Siti Mariam takes comfort that the memories live on in the baby.

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