Antiguan Teen Flown to Paris for Treatment
A15-year-old Antiguan girl who was allegedly set on fire by her mother has been flown to Paris for treatment.
Shaveesa Gasper, who in 2015 won a pageant and was crowned Miss Teen Xplosion, suffered second and third degree burns to about 60 to 80 percent of her body.
Local media reports said she was doused with a flammable substance and set alight at her New Winthorpes home on New Year’s Day.
She had been placed in an induced coma and flown out of Antigua to Martinique but was later transported Paris.
After the country’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, caught wind of the story he made immediate preparations to have the teen flown out to Martinique and later France to receive medical attention.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that after hearing about what had transpired, he immediately instructed his Ministers of Health and Social Transformation to utilize the
government’s resources to ensure that she received the best possible care.
Minister of Health Molwyn Joseph said arrangements are being made for immediate family members to travel to be with Gasper.
The Shaveesa Gasper Page has been set up on Facebook to allow people “to share positive thoughts with her when she recovers”.
Shaveesa Gasper wearing her Miss Teen Xplosion
crown in 2015.