Baby Jasmina brings comfort to bereaved family following Welwyn Garden City hit-and-run

PUBLISHED: 17:41 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:57 25 May 2017

Jasmina Caban with mum Sylwia.
Picture: Paulina and Jakub JasnochA/Manamana Photography

Jasmina Caban with mum Sylwia. Picture: Paulina and Jakub JasnochA/Manamana Photography

Paulina & Jakub Jasnoch

A widow says the birth of her baby has brought "light at a very dark time" following her husband's death as a result of a hit-and-run in Welwyn Garden City.

Piotr Caban was a member of Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club. Picture: Valerie NewtonPiotr Caban was a member of Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club. Picture: Valerie Newton

Piotr Caban, who lived and worked in Welwyn Garden City, died in hospital after he was found with severe head injuries in Tewin Road at the junction of Mundells.

Just 18 days after Sylwia Caban tragically lost her husband, she gave birth to their daughter Jasmina Aniela on February 20.

Last Wednesday, Sylwia and her older daughter Ewa travelled from Poland to Welwyn Garden City for a celebration of Piotr’s life at the Roman Catholic Church - Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles in Woodhall Lane, Welwyn Garden City.

The service was attended by about 40 friends and former colleagues of Piotr, who was a highly-skilled IT specialist.

Piotr had moved from Poland to Welwyn Garden City in July last year to take up a job with Roche in Shire Park after being head-hunted.

He then joined Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club and after the birth of Jasmina, Sylwia had also planned to move to Welwyn Garden City.

Sylwia told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that baby Jasmina had brought her much comfort following Piotr’s death.

She said: “Although she doesn’t know, the little one is really helping.

“She sleeps through the night and is very calm.

“Her arrival offered light in a very dark time.”

Ewa, 22, added: “She’s gorgeous and very smart.”

Mother and daughter took Piotr’s ashes back to Poland and had a funeral on Saturday with at least 70 family members attending.

Ewa said; “My mum and dad met when my mother was 14 and my dad was 15.

“When my father saw my mother, he thought that’s going to be the girl I’m going to marry.

“They had known each other for many years.”

Val Newton, of Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club, said: “Immediately afterwards [after the celebration of life service], we had the opportunity to meet Sylwia and Ewa, and hand over the club’s sympathy cards, presents for the baby, and extra photo prints, as well as the donations collected from club members by Tony Hale.

“Sylwia was very touched.”

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