She was 20 years old when she got married. Two years later, she
experienced backaches when she was pregnant with her first child.
pain was unbearable," Mrs Cagituevei said.
"I couldn’t sleep
face-up, only sideways and the pain from my spinal cord was so terrible.
The doctors said I had a tumor in my spine and I was given the option
to abort the child and gain my walking ability or become paralysed. "I
was so shocked to hear my options and my husband decided that I should
keep the child."
As her pregnancy progressed, she slowly lost her
ability to walk and was forced to a wheelchair.
"I couldn’t walk
for several months before pregnancy," she said.
She and her
husband moved to Cawaira, Labasa, when she was eight months pregnant.
delivery of my baby, I tried to walk but there was no other way but
resort to a wheelchair," she said.
Mrs Cagituevei said she
accepted her fate no matter the consequences.