The body of Shaniya Persaud, the little girl who walked out of her burning Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home last month, will arrive home on Thursday.

The body will be at the Sandy’s funeral home until her family makes the necessary arrangements for the funeral.

With the help of Saving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA), a non-governmental organization, the seven-year-old was being treated at the Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Texas where she later succumbed having sustained burns to 98 percent of her body.

On August 4, last, the little girl was sleeping in her Mon Repos home when it went up in flames at around 01:00 hr. Her two older brothers managed to escape unhurt but she was left sleeping in the burning building.

At the time of the fire, the child’s father, a fisherman, was working at sea while her mother, a domestic worker, was said to be helping out at a wedding house in the village. The little girl had told neighbours that she was sleeping when she felt a burning sensation on her feet and then saw bright flames around her.

She had said that she could not see anything but fire so she closed her eyes and walked towards the area where she knew their door was located.

Neighbours rushed her to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where she was hospitalized for several days until she had to be transported to the hospital in Texas.


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