Survivor's wife prays for husband's well being

DUBAI - "I felt deep in my heart that he survived the plane crash in Sharjah, and now I hope and pray that he will not leave me and our seven-month old baby Geohn Gabriel."

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Sun 15 Feb 2004, 12:03 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:42 PM

These were the words of Maritess Dizon-Cruz, the wife of George Cruz - a Filipino passenger who had been identified as one of the three survivors of the Kish Airlines plane crash on Tuesday. Mr Cruz is currently being treated at the Al Qasimi Hospital.

In a telephone interview with Khaleej Times, Maritess said: "Today is Valentine's Day and I feel so sad. George has always been a romantic during these past four years of our marriage. Last year, he brought me roses and chocolates for Valentine's Day. I am trying to fight back the tears and at least smile. I don't want my baby to be affected. Tomorrow is a big day for our baby who's going to be christened at 10.30am at a church in Makati City."

Maritess, who is currently in Makati City, will be flying to Dubai on Emirates airline to see her husband. Kish Airline has already made the travel arrangements for her. "I do not really know how I would react upon seeing him, that's why I had requested Roland, his cousin, to be with me in case I collapse. I know I have to be really strong in this dark moment of our lives," said the 35-year-old Maritess who is a medical technologist by profession.

She had just come back from a shopping mall with the caterers for the baptismal party of the young Geohn Gabriel when she learnt about the crash. She immediately called Roland to find out about George's whereabouts. "I had this nagging feeling then that he was on that plane, but felt that he did not perish in the crash. My brother advised me to arrange for a thanksgiving mass the following day at the Pateros church. It's really faith which keeps you strong," she said.

This is not the first time that Mr Cruz had an accident. In Saudi Arabia, he almost cut his right hand with a printing machine. "Let's just hope that he will clear the hurdle of this major accident," she concluded.

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