by Kimberley Cummins
Mother of three young children, Lynette Stoute, has succumbed to her injuries.
With her sister, Lisa by her side, Stoute died this afternoon at a hospital in Panama where she was receiving treatment for first degree burns she received over 83 per cent of her body on August 9.
When the Barbados TODAY team visited the close-knit Diamond Valley, St. Philip community this evening, there was a solemn mood engulfing the district.
Her distraught best friend of many years, Roneisha Haynes told this newspaper that the 23-year-old would forever be remembered as a loving person. She said Stoute’s children, Shamya, five; Jaydyn, three and one-year-old Taleisha, were not coping well but were presently with their grandmother in Bushy Park in the same parish.
Haynes said after the former Deighton Griffith student was deemed fit enough to travel they thought that she would have recovered.
“She was fighting infection and when she woke up she couldn’t talk. They talked to her and she was responding and she shook her head, she moved her limbs to let them know that her kidneys were good. They told her where she was and what they had done. She was heavily sedated.”
As tears filled her eyes, she described her friend as very outspoken and a lot of fun. Finally, overcome with emotion, Haynes gave in to her tears and took a moment to regain herself.
Haynes further explained what occurred on August 9, the day of the fateful fire, when Stoute rushed into the burning home believing her children were still inside.
“When she went back in no one knew that the kids were already here — the two big ones were in here and I had the last little girl in my hands. She didn’t know and she kept calling for them but they did not answer. By the time they responded she had gone back in,” she said.
Neighbour Sharon Griffith-Browne also described Stoute as a friendly person, always with a “ready smile”. She said when she received the news of the fire she was in total shock.
“Upwards to the morning of the fire I see her. When I was leaving home for work she was there, she asked me, ‘Wait you gine long and lef me?’ and she was smiling. I told her I would see her the evening and I promised to bring back a book for her, ’cause she used to love to read a book. You believe as I was telling people at work that story today low and behold I gine hear she gone? I still don’t believe it.”
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