Amila Sandaruwan Fernando, the child who was allegedly thrown into the Kalu Ganga by his mother and was in the Intensive Care Unit of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, died yesterday morning. “Sandaruwan was in a critical condition and died at 11:00 a.m.,” said the Hospital Director, Dr. Mahanama Rajamanthree.
The four-year-old boy, said to have been thrown into the river by his mother due to poverty on March 11, was rescued by a lorry driver. He was transferred from the Kalutara Nagoda Hospital to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital where doctors battled to save his life for days.
According to Police, the suspect, the 30-year-old mother had confessed to throwing the child into the Kalu Ganga after failing to abandon him near the Kalutara Bodhiya sacred shrine because the child had come crying behind her and that she was unable to look after him
A mother of five from a village for tsunami victims in Panadura, she had made a living out of selling lottery tickets near the Panadura Super Market. Her husband had abandoned her and she had faced utmost difficulties in taking care of her five children.