10-year-old survivor of family drownings remains in critical condition

The sole survivor of Easter Sunday's drowning accident that claimed the lives of his father and younger brother is expected to live.

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The sole survivor of Easter Sunday’s drowning accident that claimed the lives of his father and younger brother is expected to live.

Shreyaan Misra, 10, remains in hospital in critical condition and is believed to have irreversible brain damage, said Ajay Pandey, president of the Hindu Society of Manitoba. Its members are among those rallying around the boy and his devastated mother, Anupam Tripathi.

Her husband, Ram Nivash Misra, 38, and their sons Aaram, 9, and Shreyann, 10 were discovered in the indoor poor at the Courts of St. James on Sunday and taken to hospital.

GOFUNDME A family that moved to Winnipeg recently that was involved in a drowning accident Sunday in an indoor swimming pool at a Winnipeg apartment complex. Ram Nivash Misra, 38, right and his sons, Shreyaan, 10 and Aaram, 9, were pulled from the swimming pool by bystanders at the Courts of St. James and taken to hospital late Sunday afternoon, where the father Ram and his youngest son Aaram, later died.

The boys’ father died Monday and the youngest son, Aaram, died Tuesday. Shreyann survived but is in hospital and is expected to need extensive care for some time to come, said Pandey. The boy’s mother is receiving treatment for trauma, said Pandey.

“Everyone’s heart is broken,” he said.

Misra was an IT specialist who worked on contract for Husky Energy in another province before moving to Winnipeg about seven months ago to work for an insurance company, said Pandey. His wife and two sons joined him a month ago. Misra did not have insurance, and a GoFundMe page with a fund-raising goal of $100,000 has been set up to help his widow and child, Pandey said Friday. The family is from India has no relatives here, he said.

A funeral service for Misra and his son will be held in Winnipeg but no arrangements have been made yet, and their bodies may be transported back to India, said Pandey. By Friday afternoon, the fund was more than halfway to its target.

“You see how generously people are donating,” said Pandey. Late Friday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Winnipeg-based corporate giant Canada Life — formerly known as Great West Life — said they and Tundra Technical Solutions would help, too.

“We were deeply saddened by the news of this tragic loss and have extended our deepest sympathies to the family,” said the Canada Life spokeswoman who asked not to be named. Misra was working for Tundra Technical Solutions, which describes itself online as a “global provider of innovative staffing solutions and services,” that was doing work for Canada Life. “Together with his employer, Tundra Technical Solutions, we are prepared to support the family during this difficult time. For now, we ask that the privacy of the family be respected.”

An account for Misra’s widow and son has also been set up at the Royal Bank, he said. “People are very sympathetic.” They’ve shown it by donating time as well as money, said Pandey. Misra’s work colleagues and Hindu Society volunteers have been with the traumatized widow and her surviving son since the tragedy occurred, he said.

“It is very, very tragic — not just for our community but tragic for the whole of the city, for sure,” said Pandey.

Carol Sanders

Carol Sanders
Legislature reporter

After 20 years of reporting on the growing diversity of people calling Manitoba home, Carol moved to the legislature bureau in early 2020.

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