A 13-year-old girl, who sustained multiple burn injuries during the Mahdia dormitory fire, passed away today, pushing the death toll from the tragedy to 20.
The latest victim has been identified as Sheriza Daniels, who lived in Micobie in Region Eight.
The Georgetown Hospital confirmed that the child passed away this morning in the Intensive Care Unit. She never regained consciousness since the tragedy and had to be resuscitated twice.
Daniels was among several of the victims, who were evacuated to the capital city to receive emergency treatment at the Georgetown Hospital.
At GPHC, she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), however, despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses there, she was unable to recover.
“For the duration of time here she was critical, didn’t show any change or progress but continued to be treated and managed in the ICU,” Providence told News Source.
The teen was being treated for Carbon Monoxide Inhalation, and had suffered two cardiac arrests.
“She also had 2 cardiac arrests prior to being brought to the hospital,” Providence said.
This past weekend, another critically injured student was flown to the United States for additional emergency care.
On Monday, a 15-year-old girl, who is accused of setting the dorm on fire, was charged with 19 counts of murder, and remanded to the Juvenile Holding Centre. She is now expected to face a 20th murder charge.
According to the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Fire Service, the fire was maliciously set, while many of the students were asleep last Sunday night.
The fire swept through the heavily grilled facility, trapping many of the students, and made it difficult for rescuers to gain access.
More than 25 students were rescued, but sadly 20 lost their lives as a result of the fire.