Home Health care provider Family of healthcare worker who drowned on Facebook Live raises over $50,000 to bring body back to Kenya

Family of healthcare worker who drowned on Facebook Live raises over $50,000 to bring body back to Kenya


The family of a woman who drowned in a swimming pool while streaming live on Facebook have received the money needed to bring her body back to her native Kenya.

Hellen Wendy Nyabuto, a healthcare worker in Toronto, Canada, was the only breadwinner in the African country, according to her relatives. Her father, a smallholder farmer in Kisii, southwestern Kenya, said Hellen would send money to cover school fees for his younger siblings back home. She died on August 18 while struggling to stay above water in a hotel swimming pool.

“She helped me financially to educate her brothers and sisters, especially in terms of school fees and other expenses. I’m stuck now and back to square one. I wonder how his younger siblings are going to continue their education,” Nyabuto John Kiyondi Told CNN.

Hellen Wendy Nyabuto died in a hotel pool in Toronto, Canada on August 18, 2022, while livestreaming on Facebook. (Photo: GoFundMe)

The family set up an online fundraising account to raise $50,000 Canadian, or about $38,000 US, to cover repatriation and funeral costs so Wendy can be buried where she was born, according to tradition. . As of August 24, the family has raised nearly $52,000 Canadian or $40,000 US.

“I will not feel comfortable, psychologically, if my daughter is buried away from Kenya,” Kiyondi said.

Hellen’s younger brother, with whom she lived in Toronto, said she was “full of life” and had a warm smile and a lovely heart. Hellen worked part-time as a personal support worker and studied nursing at Peak College, according to reports. She emigrated to Canada in 2018. The 24-year-old smiled, swam and interacted with viewers on Facebook in the video which was later deleted, reports the Toronto Star.

“Everyone who met Wendy was in high spirits,” wrote Enock, one of the woman’s five siblings.

The Star reports that the video shows the woman spending three minutes frolicking in the shallow end of the pool at the Key Motel, where she was a guest. Hellen then moved to the bottom of the pool, where she began to thrash frantically. She disappeared from frame but could be heard calling for help. The newspaper, which viewed the video before it was removed from Facebook, reports that the pool was quiet and empty for hours until other motel guests discovered her body.

“I watched this video. I cried. It’s terrible,” her father said.

Family friend Alfonce Nyamwaya said Hellen “was a superhero in Canada” who worked with the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“She worked with seniors until the end,” he said. said. “She really had a passion for it.”