‘He taught me how to love’: Young surgeon Colin Latu remembered for love and kindness

A medical doctor at Vaiola hospital in Tonga is being remembered by patients, families and loved ones for his thoughtful and warm bedside manner.

Dr Collin Howard Mana Latu (L) and Yumisan. Photo/Facebook

Dr. Colin Howard Manu Latu died on November 5 in what has been alleged by local media as suspected suicide. Kaniva News was unable to confirm his cause of death.

The Ministry of Health’s chief executive officer and Tonga police have been contacted for comment.

The 29-year-old had worked at the Vaiola surgical ward.

He was laid to rest at ‘Ofa ki Lo’āmanu cemetery at Vainī.

Family and friends of Latu paid tributes to a handsome young man.

His girlfriend Yumisan wrote on Facebook on Monday: “For the past 2 weeks, I have been grieving the sudden loss of the person most dear to me”.

Yumisan, whose profile on Facebook said she was engaged to Latu, said he “was laid to rest last week, fully clothed in a black suit meant for a more joyous occasion”.

 “As I watched him get lowered into the earth, my heart felt so heavy, for I did not want to say goodbye.

“I felt so much anger, sadness, and confusion. But as I visit his resting place each day and reflect on the times we spent together, my heart is filled with so much gratitude for this person.

“In 2019, Colin became an important figure in my life. He became my best friend, and within 2 years, I gave him the easiest “Yes” when he asked if I could make him the happiest man in the world.

“Colin has taught me so much over the years. I learned to listen better, have more empathy, forgive, trust, and compromise, but most importantly, he taught me how to love. Colin knew how to love, and he loved genuinely.

“Even with his passing, I could feel his love through his family.

“Despite all the plans we have set for ourselves, God’s plans for us are far greater.

“You are missed dearly Colin, and how I wish you could hear me say thank you.

“Thank you for your friendship.

“Thank you for your love.

“Thank you for making me the happiest woman in the world.

“Rest well now till that glorious morning.

‘Ofa lahi atu from Yumisan”.  

Latu’s family and friends remembered his kindness, generosity, optimism and caring nature.

““He was kind and generous to every patients he took care of at the hospital”.

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