Government has assumed full financial responsibility for New Winthorpes resident Judith Wynter, 62, who was shot on Carnival Tuesday and remains hospitalised.
Wynter is due to be flown out of the country this week via air ambulance to receive medical treatment at Medcorp Limited in Trinidad, according to parliamentary representative for the area Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro.
The elder woman was reportedly caught in a gunfight between two men in the vicinity of Shanty Town located close to the East Bus Station.
The bullet travelled from her shoulder, grazed her lung and bruised her spinal column raising the possibility of paralysis.
“We are certainly strongly of the view that all of her medical expenses should be taken care of since she was an unsuspecting, innocent bystander caught in the gunplay,” Dr Quinn-Leandro told the House of Representations on Wednesday.
The MP, who also serves as Minister of Education, said Wynter is in “good spirits” and has “deep faith”.
The MP praised members of the community for their efforts to raise funds to assist with medical treatment and called for the maximum penalty to brought against those found guilty of the crime.
Two men, both of whom were also wounded in the incident, have been charged in connection with the shooting that caused the cancellation of Last Lap celebrations.