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Rest well, little one: Baby Nadya’s devastated family open up about her passing

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Melissa Roos with her daughter, Nadya Roos Stirk, who was born with hydrocephalus in 2016. Little Nadya passed away earlier this month. (Photo: Juan van Rooyen)
Melissa Roos with her daughter, Nadya Roos Stirk, who was born with hydrocephalus in 2016. Little Nadya passed away earlier this month. (Photo: Juan van Rooyen)

It’s just after 9.30am on a late spring day when a hearse pulls up outside the church in the northern suburbs of Cape Town.

Before entering the church, mourners wearing masks have their temperatures taken. They also sign a register before taking their seats and preparing to say their final goodbyes to Nadya Roos Stirk.

Large pictures of the laughing little girl are displayed in the foyer.

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