(KMOV.com) -- Imagine you came to St. Louis for a better life. You don’t speak English, your family lives on the other side of the world, your husband was the only member of the family with a job, and now you are raising two small children on your own.
Susila Rai is a proud mother to Rachel, the first member of the Rai family born in America.
Unfortunately, she never envisioned it would be like it was Tuesday; alone in a hospital room at Barnes without her husband, speaking to a reporter through the help of a translator.
“Anytime I see face of my children I think about him,” she said. Susila said Rachel looks like her father.
Rai was a man who had big dreams in America. He was thrilled to land a job working at the 7-Eleven on Gravois to support his wife, their 8-year-old son, and soon to be born little girl.
Things were tough before, but they now seem overwhelming for Susila.
“In my family, my husband was the only one who could speak English and take care of paperwork,” she said. “Nobody in the family is as good as him. So now the load of two kids came up in my head.”
Despite everything that’s happened, Rai wants to raise her children in St. Louis.
But with her husband gone, and their American dream broken, she’s thankful for the support she’s getting from strangers.
There is a trust fund set up to help Susila and her children at Southern Commercial Bank. Donations can be made at any branch.