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Irma leaves woman paralyzed from neck down

Heiddy Feliciano Sanchez in hospital after being paralyzed because of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. (photos provided)

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.

Heiddy Feliciano Sanchez before the accident.

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  1. Observant says:

    So tragic. By God I hope that help is poured out to her. Come on BVI people rally for a great cause and show the world your true colours.

  2. eyes on says:

    give something my people

  3. Blessed says:

    Please give whatever help You can give. God Bless this young lady and Her Family. GOD BLESS ALWAYS

  4. Govt/ NHI/ SS ? says:

    The government should be helping this lady. I can’t believe they won’t medi vac her home plus if she was employed her employer surely has to help, after all there is an immigration bond to help cover repatriation.
    Also what about the funds raised by people like the Red Cross and virgin unite – they should help to.

    • Cheryl Lopez says:

      I agree with you. But in world countries things don’t happen quickly, which is very unfortunate.I still have family in Cuba waiting for the government’s help to repair their homes after Irma struck.

  5. The real Boo says:

    Please folks donate to this cause

  6. Ford says:

    To whom do I make my contribution?

  7. Homeland says:

    Santo Domingo needs to pay for her transport, she’s a daughter of their soil.

  8. Samuel says:


    Listen carefully. There are proven natural and spiritual remedies to heal quadreplegia. Secure the leg hairs of a black dog and a black cat. Also secure the crown of a grey rooster. Light a black candle and burn the hairs and the rooster crown over a silver dollar coin. Recite Exodus 23:25 while this burns and I promise your daughter will slowly begin to heal. By the year’s end she will be walking tall!

    • Evil alter shall burn says:

      You have no shame that even publicly you would have someone practice sorcery and call it good.
      In the name of Jesus Christ the son of the Living God, her Mother shall trust the Lord with all her heart and not to this foolish recommendation which shall have her bonded!

      • Ralph says:

        Who knows…it might work.

        Don’t Catholic Priests perform exorcism to drive out “evil spirits”?

        But nobody call their practice “devil work” or obeah.

  9. Miguel says:

    Yeah the DaR should that’s her government. Why was she in Purrto Rico ??

  10. Viguy says:

    I suggest that Samuel read Deuteronomy 18:10-12 to get the down low on what he’s suggesting.

  11. Delta says:

    Start a Go Fund Me page.

  12. Tola says:

    Reading some of these comments you got to shake your head. I see why Tortola I can’t go forward fast with these dirty minds. I pray your daughter recover fast.

  13. Williams says:

    Very sad

  14. Sad says:

    to learn of such a terrible tragedy. Hope God blesses her in some miraculous way.

    Further, imagine that monster coming ashore at night. There would be so many more causalities.

    Additionally, it appears that many are still rebuilding utilizing techniques and materials that proved ineffective against a powerful storm as that one, and one that will come again, not if, but when and at what time.

    Government needs to step up and cease all construction until it can replace the old building codes with more viable and effective ones.

    Lastly, no one should be rude or distasteful with their comments after such a tragedy. It is simply inhuman to do so.

    Then again, the human mind, both local and expat, here and across the globe appears no more evolved than vermin!

  15. contact says:

    I’m calling the number in the article to contribute but it doesn’t appear to be working. I would like to help so please confirm the number or give an additional number. This could have been any of us and its sad to know that even in sickness we discriminate about where a person is from. God have mercy on all of us

    • Reply says:

      The number should work. Just give it a few minutes and try again. If you are still unsuccessful I’m sure BVI News will try to get another contact number

      • contact says:

        Don’t know but been getting “We’re sorry, the number you’ve dialed is unavailable” To remember to keep trying is quite a task, and don’t want to give up, yet don’t have the time to keep trying and trying. sincerely want to help.

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