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After mom’s murder: T&T shows love for disabled girl

Trinidad Express / It looks like disabled Kayla Phillip will be getting a new wheelchair this Christmas.

The nine-year-old girl, who lost her mother to murder in July, suffers with cerebral palsy.

Kayla is confined to a wheelchair and unable to care for herself.

After the killing, the child’s aunt Nikita Phillip, moved into the rented apartment Kayla had shared with her mom.

Phillip said the child had outgrown her wheelchair and the family could not afford a new one.

Following an article in the Express several persons have pledged support to Kayla.

Former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was among more than a dozen persons offering assistance.

Kayla’s relatives said they were overwhelmed by the response and thanked all who offered to assist.

Nikita Phillip said, “Words cannot describe how it feels knowing she may get the chair. I am so elated and grateful to all those who are assisting.”

Phillip said she wanted to purchase the wheelchair for her niece as a birthday present last month.

But she could not afford the $20,000-plus price tag.

“Kayla is outgrowing her wheelchair. It is not an ordinary wheelchair because she cannot sit straight up. It is costing us more than $20,000,” she said.

The girl’s 28-year-old mother, Ornella Phillip, was found dead in their Gasparillo apartment in July. She was shot once in the chest, an autopsy found.

Phillip was 22 weeks pregnant.

San Fernando labourer Mike Mitchell appeared before the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court in July charged with murdering Phillip.

Nikita Phillip said she moved into her sister’s apartment to care for the child after her death.

The child still receives counselling, she said.

Phillip said she has been trying to secure public assistance grant to care for her niece and a food card.

She added that the family also applied to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) for housing.

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