A 47-year-old Guyanese woman who left her BV East Coast Demerara home a few days ago to fulfil a long-planned desire to visit New York City never really got to spend the vacation that she was dreaming of.
Instead, she is now dead, but under circumstances that her family are still trying to come to grips with.
According to information reaching the Guyana Guardian, the woman Marilyn Abrams began to complain about a severe headache as soon as she arrived at the house at which she was staying in Brooklyn, New York.
As a result of the severity of the headache, she was taken to the King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn where it was it was subsequently revealed for the first time, that Ms Abrams had a tumour in her brain.
Though she was in a state of shock at the diagnosis, arrangements were made for her to undergo a surgery to remove the tumour.
After a supposedly successful surgery, it is understood that Marilyn was in a full recovery mode, as she was communicating heartily with her relatives and her friend Cyslyn Scholl who had travelled with her for the vacation.
As a matter of fact, it is understood that Cyslyn and Marilyn were very close friends; – a factor that kept Cyslyn close to her friend’s side throughout the ordeal and with great optimism that she would recover.
But their surprise, the woman died suddenly on the 4 September, and without any further warnings, signalling either an issue with the surgery or other circumstances that may be related to remnants of the tumour itself.
This news immediately pushed the relatives and friends of the former Guysuco employee into a state of disbelief and grief.
Several persons who know the now dead woman, including a relative, have told this publication that Marilyn never complained about any headaches or pains at anytime prior to the trip.
Nonetheless, the woman’s death has created further challenges for her relatives and friends who are trying to muster approximately US$7000 to have her body repatriated back to Guyana for burial.
It is understood that a memorial service will be held for Ms. Abrams at Frank Barone Funeral Home in Brooklyn, followed by a planned a funeral in Guyana at Jerricks Funeral Parlour East Coast Demerara, sometime next week.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In a Facebook post on the wall of this publication today, one person who identified herself as a family member of the deceased, angrily pointed out that the family is not trying to muster any money to repatriate the body. She stressed that they have the resources to do so. As such, she suggested that the article is not completely accurate. Another FB poster also claimed that while there was a brain tumour, it was not cancerous as was claimed in the article.