A TRIPLET who has been seriously ill in hospital since September has sadly died.
Little Harkamal Singh Sivia died on Sunday aged five months. His Fartown parents say his lungs failed.
Mum Harjit Kaur and dad Joginder Singh Sivia, 54, had kept a vigil by his bedside while also caring for Harkamal’s brother Jaskamal Singh Sivia and sister Harleen Kaur Sivia at home.
But Harkamal tragically died at Calderdale Royal Hospital on Sunday and the family are now mourning the loss.
Speaking through family friend Kiran Bali, the couple said: “We are very distressed at the death of Harkamal, who had been in hospital for quite some time and was suffering.
“It appears that Harkamal’s lungs failed.
“We felt that the nurses were helpful and did their best for Harkamal.”
Tiny Harkamal received round the clock care in Calderdale Royal Hospital after being transferred there.
Mum Harjit Kaur, 45, had to give birth more than 70 miles from home because there were no beds available for the triplets in hospitals in Huddersfield or Calderdale.
She and her husband had to make the arduous trip up north to Stockton-on-Tees to have the babies two months early by emergency caesarean.
Harjit was rushed there by ambulance just in time and gave birth to boys Jaskamal and Harkamal and baby girl Harleen Kaur Sivia on September 30.
The Fartown couple had hoped Harkmal could join his brother and sister at the family home, but he sadly died on Sunday.
Kiran added: “Harkamal was healthy for about a week but had been in hospital since and he was very poorly.
“It is a huge loss to Joginder and his wife and they will never be able to overcome this tragedy.”
Previously, the couple spoke to the Examiner of their ordeal at having to travel to the North East to give birth.
The couple stayed nearly two months in Stockton-on-Tees with their three babies – only able to return to Huddersfield on November 28.
For the couple, having children was their dream.
They travelled to India last February for fertility treatment after being advised by local doctors they were too old.
Joginder said that having children is what life is all about and they were pleased when they discovered they were expecting triplets.
Joginder, a factory worker, tried to travel to see Harkamal every day, catching two buses to the Halifax hospital and back.
He has lived in Huddersfield for 30 years since moving over from India. The couple have been married 26 years, but Harjit only moved to Huddersfield five years ago.