Thirty-six-year-old Heiddy Feliciano Sanchez is now paralyzed from the neck down after the powerful winds of Hurricane Irma blew her from the second floor of an apartment in Purcell Estate on Tortola nearly five months ago.
The Dominican Republic native is now lying in a hospital in Puerto Rico waiting to return to her homeland.
She is being discharged from hospital but has no place to go, so her family is scrambling to raise the $12,000 needed to hire a special aircraft to fly her home.
Though barely able to speak English, the Quadriplegic’s mother, Sylvia Sanchez is in the BVI appealing to members of the public for financial assistance.
Sylvia and other supporters were seen on Friday standing opposite the Banco Popular building in Road Town with photos of Heiddy on cardboard signs that read: ‘Irma left me paralyzed, please help me get home’.
“She was inside when the wind came in blew her out from the second floor,” Sylvia told BVI News.
She said her daughter lived in the two-story apartment complex in Purcell Estate near a store commonly known as Bend Down.
Heiddy was instantly paralyzed by the fall, the mother said.
Heiddy, a mother of two, was taken to the Peebles Hospital. However, she was evacuated to Puerto Rico shortly after for further medical assessment.
The now-paralyzed woman was employed as a security officer and resided in the BVI for several years.
Asked if family members have sought assistance from the BVI and/or the Dominican Republic government for her daughter, Sylvia said they are “trying”.
In the meantime, Sylvia is planning to sell cooked meals near her daughter’s former home in Purcell Estate tomorrow to help raise funds.
Persons wishing to assist can call the mother at 284-343-7710.
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