Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (MS)
Udupi, Sep 28: The husband and parents of nurse Hazel Mathias, who were waiting since 71 days to see the body of their beloved wife and daughter burst into tears as they received her body on Thursday, September 27 at Bengaluru airport.
The body of Hazel reached Bengaluru after more than two months since her death. The body was brought to her native place by an ambulance and is placed at present in the mortuary at Manipal.
The body will be taken to the house of Ashwin Mathias, husband of deceased Hazel at Kuthyaru near Shirva in the afternoon of Friday, September 28 for the last prayers to be offered at the residence. Then the final rites and funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Health Church Shirva.
Bishop of Udupi to be present in funeral
Preparations for the funeral of Hazel are being made to conduct the last rites at the Shirva church and the same will be held at 4 pm on Friday. According to the information given by Fr Denis D'Sa, parish priest of Shirva church, Bishop of Udupi diocese, Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo will take part in the ceremony.
A compensation of Rs one lac was granted by the NRI committee - Karnataka, a department of the government. Ivan D'Souza, MLC has also confirmed his participation in the funeral.
Fr Denis D'Sa, parish priest of Our Lady of Health church Shirva, said, "Public must be aware of the laws of foreign countries when they go for employment. Government and people representatives should give the same importance that is given to celebrities to common Indians also when some mishap happens overseas. Because of the efforts of Good Samaritan Denis Noronha, the body of Hazel has finally arrived at her native place."