Death leaves a void no one can fill. Local audio producer Tedd Josiah is mourning the death of his beautiful bubbly wife Regina Katar.
Regina, who had successfully completed a certificate in mass Communication at Multi MediaUniversity (MMU) and had re-enrolled for a Diploma course in the same field at the same institution but deferred on her second year, passed away on Saturday 30 September from internal bleeding which was caused by a blood disorder in which there were few platelets in her blood (commonly known as Thrombocytopenia).
In an interview with eDaily, Tedd Josiah narrated how his fiancée who he was set to marry early next year passed away.
“She died from a very rare condition, which occurs among few women across the world, but it is very rare to be detected among African women. Her blood platelet count fell below normal after childbirth. Regina’s platelets. a component of blood whose function is to stop bleeding by clumping and clotting blood vessel injuries. were so diluted, leading to a significantly reduced count. Sadly, all through she had an internal bleeding, which had not been detected, nor stopped, because of her low platelet count,” He said.
Thrombocytopenia is a condition characterized by abnormally low levels of thrombocytes, also known as platelets, in the blood.
A normal human platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. These limits are determined by the 2.5th lower and upper percentile, so values outside this range do not necessarily indicate disease. One common definition of thrombocytopenia requiring emergency treatment is a platelet count below 50,000 per microliter.
Thrombocytopenia usually has no symptoms and is picked up on a routine full blood count (or complete blood count). Some individuals with thrombocytopenia may experience external bleeding such as nosebleeds, and/or bleeding gums. Some women may have heavier or longer periods or breakthrough bleeding. Bruising, particularly purpura in the forearms and petechiae in the feet, legs, and mucous membranes, may be caused by spontaneous bleeding under the skin.
“A new mother’s platelet count is supposed to be monitored regularly months after delivery. especially if she has issues with her platelet count. Hers was not checked. Sadly, we were made aware of her condition after she had passed on. Her death came as a shocker, given she only complained of a headache on Friday and early Saturday. When I rushed her to hospital Saturday. she passed away three hours later.”
Tedd Josiah also revealed that he had asked the mother of his daughter to go for a test last Friday and she promised him that she would go the following day but unfortunately, God had other plans.
“When she was in town (Nairobi) on Friday. I asked her to go do a blood test, to which she responded that she would go for the tests on Saturday – the following day. All through she looked normal, and was not feeling any pain. It is extremely sad we lost her in such a manner.”
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Regina Katar has been described by many as a cheerful, multi-talented and kind-hearted woman.
“She was the most warm-hearted person earth. You could be going through a problem and she is going through a problem at the same time, but she would choose to put hers aside and deal with yours. That is who she was.
When we met, we clicked instantly. We were both in a very bad situation then. She was my guardian angel, even in life, she was my guardian angel. Regina brought me back to life; and she brought me life as well. Her death has taken away my strength.
We had planned to get a baby. and after getting the baby, we were going to break the news about our relationship. After that, we were to go ahead with our wedding plans. A lot of people did not even know that we were dating. because we kept our love life under wraps. We were planning to do our traditional wedding in November, 2017 and a church wedding would have followed early 2018. I met Regina end of 2016.
We said we did not want people involved in our lives – not family, not friends -because Regina’s pregnancy was a very complicated one, right through to the end: and she needed a lot of rest, with minimal interference; and no stress. We thus chose to make it as private as possible,” Tedd Josiah told eDaily.
Their relationship was private and rarely did the public notice.
“I have so many pictures of her that people have not seen. We had planned that when the baby turns 6 months old, she (Regina) would embark on doing her music, do a photo-shoot for her clothing line
She had just started her clothing line, and I had designed a logo for her. Actually, this week. she was supposed to go do her shopping. given she had decided that her business would deal with tailor-made attire only.”
Victor Nzioka, a close friend of the late was also shocked by her death and he described Regina as a beautiful soul
“Regina was a beautiful lady, who minded her own business. She had a big heart. When she walked into a room or a hall, people especially men, would turn to look at her. Many said she looked like ex-Tahidi High actress Sarah Hassan, popularly known as Tanya,” said Nzioka.
“Besides her beauty, she was multi-talented. She was a singer, a model, a designer and an entrepreneur. Just to show you how good she was, on August 18, when she was hosted on NTV’s The Trend, her performance and interview received a lot of positive feedback online,” added Nzioka.
Regina had already landed a lucrative job and she was very excited and went ahead to share the good news with her followers.
“She had big dreams. Two days to her death, she had taken to her Instagram page to reveal that she had gotten a modeling job besides opening her fashion line. Regina was a phenomenon.” said Nzioka.
Tedd Josiah and his family are calling upon Kenyans to support them so that they can give Regina a befitting send of. Funeral arrangements are currently underway and family and friends met on Tuesday at the Garden Square for a fundraising.
“Dear Family and friends of Reginah Katar
Thank you for all the outpouring of love and support you are giving us at this time. We ask for you to put Regina’s Mother & immediate family in your prayers at this extremely painful time.
As her love, her life partner, her friend, her confidant I ask for your prayers for our small family of little miss Jay Jay and myself as we go through this very trying moment,” read a post on Tedd Josiah’s Instagram.
Regina will be laid to rest on Saturday, 7 October in Nyeri County.