Tassie family mark first anniversary of loved ones death, while also celebrating the first birthday of her baby son.
The father of Tasmanian mum, Sarah Paino, says the day will be “full of emotion” as family deal with the first anniversary of Sarah’s death, while also celebrating the first birthday of her son, shares ABC News.
Ms Paino, 24, died when a 15-year-old driving a stolen four-wheel drive ploughed into her car in the Hobart CBD on the night of January 22, 2016.
She was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and doctors were able to save her unborn baby boy, Caleb.
Her two-year-old son Jordan, who was in the back seat of the car, survived the crash unharmed.
Ms Paino’s father Michael described the past year as “a roller coaster”.
“A lot of lows but not many highs,” he said.
“People see you on the surface and everyone says you’re holding up OK. But it’s been behind closed doors when the pain really kicks in.”
Mr Paino said the anniversary would bring mixed emotions.
“Caleb doesn’t know any different, this is his first birthday without mum — that is one of many that he has got to live with,” he said.
“We are going through that grieving process of trying to get the boys to understand that mum is in heaven.
“And yes, we will celebrate for Caleb, but behind closed doors we are full of sadness and absolutely devastated.”
The teenager who killed Ms Paino was sentenced to five years in detention with a non-parole period of two-and-a-half years.
Mr Paino said he “felt nothing” at the sentencing.
“This boy, this kid, he did not look 15, he looked 12 years of age,” he said.
Our thoughts are with the family at this time. Such a bittersweet day for them.
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