Toni Rose Gayda donates son's eyes
MANILA, Philippines - TV host and actress Toni Rose Gayda confirmed that she donated the eyes of her youngest son, Edward James Lim, who died after falling from the 4th floor of his condominium unit in Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City last Friday.
In an interview, Gayda bared that the donation of her son's eyes in an unidentified eye bank happened before the cremation last Friday.
"Both eyes dinonate namin sa eye bank. I'm sure if James kunyari mayroon siyang last will and testament na ginawa I'm sure he's the type who will do that," Gayda said.
Gayda said that the urn of her son's ashes will stay in their house for two weeks before it is brought to a mausoleum.
"Iuuwi namin 'yong urn for a while. Siguro it will stay with us for two weeks or depende sabi ng mommy ko hanggang ready na daw siya, kasi hindi pa siya ganoon ka ready. Ilalagay siya sa musoleo ng Lim," Gayda said.
Veteran actress Rosa Rosal is the loving grandmother of James.
The sudden death of James has fed speculations that he committed suicide, a claim that Gayda and her family promptly denied.
"I'd like to let the public know that there's no suicide. We underwent autopsy and they are willing to testify. The investigation sa Mandaluyong there's a resolution by the fiscal that it was trully an accident," says businessman Monie Lim, father of James.
James was still alive when he was rushed to the hospital at 5 a.m. for internal bleeding due to fractures he sustained from the fall. He died more than an hour later.
Gayda who was not home when her son fell from the building, said that before the accident happened she even spoke to James and asked him to quit smoking inside his room.
"Favor sabi ko don't smoke in your room if you could just go out. Sabi niya 'sige mom.' Siguro tinamad ng bumaba ulit binuksan niya ang balcony doon siya lumabas sa 4th floor kami. Eh malaki ang anak ko he is 6'2'' na medyo mataba ng konti, siguro umupo siya doon at na-off balance," Gayda said.
James's MySpace account bears a wallpaper of Jesus Christ, and the words "and the greatest of all these things is love."
His family now appeals to the public to respect their privacy in their time of loss.