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T&T chess champ, Della-Marie, discharged but still comatose; family grateful for support

Trinidad and Tobago national chess champion and St Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain) Della-Marie Walcott, 15, remains comatose after an operation to remove a brain tumour in January 2016.

However, she has been discharged and taken home by her parents where she will continue to receive private nursing and home care.

The following is a Letter to the Editor from her family:

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago chess star and St Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain student, Della-Marie Walcott. (Courtesy Amiel Mohammed)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago chess star and St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain student, Della-Marie Walcott.
(Courtesy Amiel Mohammed)

Della-Marie Walcott, the 15-year old national chess champion who fell into a coma in early January of this year following brain surgery, has been brought home by her parents, after almost eight months of hospitalisation.

While Della-Marie still remains in a comatose state, she was discharged by her doctors and allowed to return home, where she will continue to receive private nursing and home care.

The journey has been a long and arduous one for the Walcott family. Della-Marie’s parents, Dominic and Debra, have remained strong in their faith and wish to express their sincerest gratitude to the hundreds of individuals who offered prayers and comfort during this very difficult time.

They are also eternally grateful to the Government, corporate entities, friends, family and many caring citizens, who provided financial assistance for Della-Marie’s medical expenses.

Their gratitude also extends to the staff at both the St Clair Medical Centre and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, for the care and attention given to Della-Marie over the past eight months.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago chess olympiad, Della-Marie Walcott (centre). (Courtesy Walcott family)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago chess olympiad, Della-Marie Walcott (centre).
(Courtesy Walcott family)

The Walcotts indicated that the tremendous support of family and close friends during this time greatly helped in strengthening their faith, as they continue to pray for Della-Marie’s recovery.  They have requested that she be remembered by all well-wishers in your prayers.

An account in the name of ‘Friends of Della Marie Walcott’ was opened at Republic Bank Limited (A/C # 180801224831) and anyone wishing to further assist with her ongoing medical expenses, can do so.

T-shirts in support of Della-Marie’s cause are also still available at TT$100 and can be purchased by contacting Amiel Mohammed at 755-3734.

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33 comments

  1. This saddens me so much as I know the family very well and I feel their heartbreak.

  2. I pray for healing of mind, body and soul of Della Marie in Jesus name Amen.

  3. Sad…. Will keep her and family in prayer ??

  4. So praying that this child wakes up just like it happens in the movies ?. Praying for a healing miracle.

  5. God is able to do what man can’t do I declare healing in Jesus name

  6. Never give up! Your miracle is coming!

  7. Cash be upon her… Sending cash to this child…. Sending much cash to her…

  8. My prayers are with you. I pray that you will wake up soon.

  9. Do hospitals send home people who are comatose?

  10. That’s a long time to be comatose. So sad.

  11. 🙁 Keep praying and hoping for the best.

  12. It’s really sad. All we can do is give them all the support we can.

  13. We continue to keep her in our daily prayers

  14. May the Lord heal this child…prayers for her…

  15. aww I am sending much love to this child….

  16. Such a sad development. I pray for her everyday.
    This is a great family and Dominic is a really cheerful guy; I don’t know how he has managed to keep himself together.