Sudden death of 12-year-old St. Martin School student described as shocking and heart breaking

Genevieve Sanford

It is a parent’s worst nightmare which a Virgin Lane mother said she wishes she didn’t have to live through, having to bury her 12-year-old daughter.

Unfortunately, this is the grim reality of Samantha St. Rose after the sudden passing of her daughter, Genevieve Sanford.

Through tears, St. Rose revealed that last evening, June 19, 2022, her daughter who is epileptic, suffered a seizure.

St. Rose said her daughter seemed well before she tucked her into bed on Sunday night but in the morning, she had to face Genevieve’s unwelcome death.

“I checked on her last night when she was sleeping and she was breathing. This morning I got up after five and I went to wake her up. She wasn’t breathing; she was stiff,” the grief-stricken mother struggles to recount in between sobs.

Sanford was later pronounced dead by a medical doctor at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital (DCHF) this morning.

The bereaved mother has nothing but fond memories of her daughter.

“Genevieve was a loving child, she was full of life. She would drive you up the walls but when you reach up the wall, she would ask you if you okay. She always wanted to have the last word, she was truly one of a kind,” St. Rose said.

Sanford’s after school caretaker and family friend, Jacqueline Jackson, said the 12-year-old was “the daughter I always wanted but didn’t have.”

Her pain evident, Jackson described her as “special.”

“She was troublesome and she used to drive me crazy,” she jokingly stated, “but I will miss her talking in my head. She would always tell me I love you and would find things for us to do together so it’s just hard to know that this sweet little girl is gone.”

Meantime, Principal of the St Martin Primary School, Brinette Moreau stated that despite Sanford’s challenges, her drive towards her education was admirable.

“So our school is in mourning after losing Genevieve, a student who is known by every teacher, and practically every student at the school,” Moreau said. “She was in grade 6 and her reading was very good. She was very meticulous because there is nothing that the teacher would write on the board that she will not be able to copy for you. And she was determined, she left no work undone and although she was slower, she would stay after school and ensure that all her work was completed.”

Describing Sanford as a “loving child”, she said staff and students were affected by her passing and especially her classmates who had to be released for the day.

Moreau revealed that following Sanford’s death, the Ministry of Education has since provided psychosocial support for the grade six students and teachers of the St. Martin Primary School.

“So it’s really a tough one for us because Genevieve will certainly be missed.”

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  1. RastarMarn
    June 22, 2022

    So sorry for the loss but we need to start talking about the elephant in the room,,,

    Was this young child vaccinated???

    Rastar Know all of allyou gonna knock Rastar Down but this is an ongoing issue in the international arena where there is a situation of Sudden Death Syndrome and this must be addressed sooner than later,,,

    A number of studies have shown that there is a condition of Myocarditis in children,,,

  2. Justin
    June 22, 2022

    May she fly high with her Angel Wings. My deepest condolences to the family.

  3. Ibo France
    June 21, 2022

    Truly heart-breaking!! My sincerest sympathy to the family. Hope that the good Lord would provide you with the strength to persevere this devastating loss of your loved one. Profound condolences again!

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  4. My Dominica
    June 21, 2022

    Rest in Peace little Angel.

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  5. Da girl
    June 21, 2022

    Oh my…I’m so sorry to hear that. Samantha my deepest condolences to you and family and to her friends, teachers and neighbours.

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