Brave fight ends

baby takyla dies after battle with rare muscular disease

Two-year old Takyla Lynch who stole the hearts of Barbadians with her brave fight against a rare disease has sadly passed away.

Takyla, who was known for her lion heart and an angelic smile suffered from spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA II), an inherited condition that affects the muscles.

She was the first known case of SMA in Barbados.

Baby Takyla, pictured here with her parents, has died after a prolonged battle with spinal muscular atrophy type 2.

For parents, Patricia Hunte and Anthony Lunch, daughter Takyla was a gift.

However, when she was four-months-old, the couple began to suspect their daughter wasn’t developing like most babies her age.

“I got worried, I took her to doctors and heard babies develop differently, but I was told at four months that she was a lazy baby,” the 32-year-old mother told Barbados TODAY in an interview back in August.

By the time their little girl was eight months, doctors confirmed their worst fears: Takyla was diagnosed with SMA II.

According to medical experts, children with the disease
can have trouble controlling their head movements, sitting without help, and even walking. In some cases they can
have trouble swallowing and breathing as the disease progresses.

As a result, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) was the child’s virtual home. There she was hooked up to several machines – tracheostomy for breathing, a gastrostomy tube in her side for feeding, and a ventilator.

Takyla’s fight quietly ended last Wednesday.

She will be laid to rest on Saturday.

39 Responses to Brave fight ends

  1. Jean Worrell
    Jean Worrell December 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    May she RIP!

  2. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison December 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    May she rest in peace and rise in glory and may God bless and help her parents family and friends at this time

  3. Muriel Phillips
    Muriel Phillips December 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Sad for the parents may she Rest In Peace

  4. Sophia Cumberbatch
    Sophia Cumberbatch December 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Condolences to her parents and may she Rest In Peace

  5. Rogue Akeem Froster
    Rogue Akeem Froster December 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Rip little one

  6. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne December 11, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Condolences to the entire family

  7. Randolph R Phillips
    Randolph R Phillips December 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I can’t help feeling sad when a child dies, but I believe she’s in a much better place, where there’s no pain nor sorrow.

  8. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee December 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    May she rest in peace as we give thanks for her short but educational life. ,,,

  9. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers December 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Condolences to the family…Rest In Peace and rise in Glory little one…

  10. Kellyanne Thompson
    Kellyanne Thompson December 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Rest n peace lil Angel

  11. Patranell Callender
    Patranell Callender December 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    R.I.P my condolences to her family

  12. Angela Rosalind Welch
    Angela Rosalind Welch December 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm


  13. Alexis Weekes
    Alexis Weekes December 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    May she rest in peace.

  14. Mhizz Set Mi Free
    Mhizz Set Mi Free December 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Rip babygirl

  15. Linda Muir
    Linda Muir December 11, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    RIP little angel your suffering is over. My heart is aching for her parents. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

  16. Joy Wharton
    Joy Wharton December 11, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    So sorry for the parents, may she Rest In Peace.

  17. Eddie Jones
    Eddie Jones December 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    rest in peace little angel so sorry for your loss and my prayers goes out to the family

  18. Drogba Roberts
    Drogba Roberts December 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Condolences to the family

  19. Susan Greenidge
    Susan Greenidge December 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Rip baby girl

  20. Ayanna Young Marshall
    Ayanna Young Marshall December 11, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Heaven has a beautiful angel. RIP little champion. Strength & love to mum dad & family ❤

  21. Aileen Smith
    Aileen Smith December 11, 2017 at 11:19 pm


  22. Colleen E Harvey December 12, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Condolences to the family. May she R.I.P.

  23. Pumpkin December 12, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Rip fly with the angels

  24. Cheryl Catlyn Rodriguez December 12, 2017 at 3:27 am

    My sincere condolences to all Family members. Rest in Peace.

  25. Andrea December 12, 2017 at 4:43 am

    My condolences to you and family . Beautiful baby sleep with the angels.

  26. BIGSKY December 12, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Sad indeed.My condolences to her loving parents and the entire family circle.

  27. Hazeain King December 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Sincere condolences to her family as well as the staff at the QEH who I am sure had a special bond with her. May the memories bring you all some measure of comfort at this difficult time. May she rest in peace!

  28. Heather Carroll December 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Heart felt condolences. What a beautiful spirit she was.

  29. Ireco December 12, 2017 at 8:52 am

    my deepest condolences goes out to the family

  30. Lisa Sealy December 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Deepest condolences to her family. Takyla had such a sweet spirit. I saw her while visiting my niece at the hospital, she would always flash her sweet smile. Rest in Peace Angel.

  31. Sharon banfield December 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

    O my god met this sweet little girl about last month while on that same ward as my son so sorry to hear and soo sorry this happen to u all its very sad .

  32. Andrea Hall December 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    It hurts my heart to visit the hospital. I saw Takyla, so beautiful, hooked up to tubes and I had to leave the child I came there to visit real fast. That same child told me she died and how she cried.

    To the parents, have faith and be strong when you can, cry when you feel like it. Do not let know one tell you when and where to cry. Pray and God is going to give you strength.

    RIP little Takyla.

  33. Juan squires December 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    My SINCERE condolences to you Mum Patrica and Dad Anthony and the rest of the family circle! Taklya is only resting in the everlasting arms of JESUS but her spirit will always be with you both. May God comfort both of you at this time and wrap his LOVING ARMS AROUND YOU AND GIVE YOU HIS PEACE. MUM and Dad and know you will be sad but remember GOD’S in control AND HE’LL NEVER LEAVE YOU OUR FORSAKE YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW OR GRIEF. . HUGS I’M SENDING YOUR WAY BE OF GOOD COURAGE GOD WILL STRENGTHEN YOU

  34. Joycelyn December 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    RIP my angel. Condolences to the family.God has called his angel home.

  35. OBSERVER December 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Condolences Goes Out That Beautiful Baby Family God Bless

  36. Debbie December 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    As i read this i saw she was a fighter, God loves that .she will leave us here to keep fighting the good fight,know that she is with her heavenly father now and don’t have to fight no more,i pray for her family to have peace .love coming from miami..

  37. Ikeyla king December 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    May God’s perpetual light shine on her and her parents and give them peace

  38. Donna Ifill December 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    May Takata R.I.P.. She has gone home with the other Angels….

  39. Andrea December 14, 2017 at 12:10 am

    My daughter was on the children’s ward and when go to visit her I used to always see this little girl so pretty with nice hair and I know her parents are hurting but at least she’s at peace with no more pain and went back to god an innocent child may she rest in peace til her family meet her again


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