Shaveesa Gasper, the 15 yr old teenager who was allegedly set on fire by her mother on New Year’s Day, has been flown out of the country via helicopter to receive critical medical treatment.
According to Public Relations Officer within the Ministry of Health, Jermaine Kentish, the teen is being flown to Martinique to receive further medical care.
Three ministries under the Gaston Browne administration have taken swift action to offer assistance to the teenager who sustained burns to over 60 percent of her body.
According to a Government release, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, upon hearing of the incident, immediately instructed his Ministers of Health and Social Transformation to utilize the government’s resources to ensure that the teenager receives the best possible care and that her sibling be placed in the most appropriate care available.
Social Transformation Minister and Minister responsible for Youth, the Hon. Samantha Marshall told ZDK news that her ministry was instructed to ensure that the welfare of the victim and her sibling are addressed in the best possible manner.
Minister Marshall further acknowledged that her ministry must also investigate what could have led to such a tragic incident.
Meantime Culture Minister Paul Chet Greene said after hearing of the incident, he was shocked and further pointed out that he will be working closely with his colleagues to ensure that the teen, who has shown interest in cultural circles in Antigua and Barbuda, is given the best possible care.