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.
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.