A second Bahamian medical student drops dead at UWI campus

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A 32-year-old second year medical student, Latanya Pratt, drops dead at UWI following a social.

By http://rjrnewsonline.com

Our news centre has learnt that a female student of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, became ill and died after attending a social event on campus this week.

Another student is said to be in Hospital as well, after also becoming ill.

The student who died is said to be a Bahamian medical student. [BP has confirmed the student to be 32-year-old Latanya Pratt]

It’s widely believed they got sick after eating specially baked brownies, while consuming alcohol.

Reports are that she was at the event with friends when she and a companion ate the brownies while drinking alcohol.

They reportedly collapsed afterward and were taken to Hospital.

The Police have not yet confirmed the incident, and the death has also not yet been reported to the public by the University administration, pending notification to the deceased student’s family.

A few years back the Lashley family also lost their daughter, who was also a medical student, at UWI. What could be happening on that campus with these young girls losing their lives and families having to disrupt their lives and hear their children are dead?

BP believes the time has come for the College of the Bahamas to be transformed into a UNIVERSITY!

A friend of Latanya wrote:

My Best Friend-Tanya
I sit around and wonder,
and watch the days go by.
I look at all the pictures,
and ask, why did you have to die?
… … You’ve always been there for me,
because you were my best friend,
and I was always there for you
until the very end.
But now it’s time to let you go,
your spirit now is free.
Even though you won’t really be gone,
because you’ll live inside of me.
So when we have to leave you
at your resting place,
I will always remember
your smiling, beautiful face.
This is hardly a goodbye,
so I won’t weep anymore,
because now you’re in better place
then you ever were before.
Even though that I will miss you,
and I’ll think about you everyday
you’ll always be my best friend,
and that’s all I have to say.See More

— with Latanya Pratt.

26 COMMENTS

  1. I know Tanya to be a beautiful, God fearing young lady that has tons of respect for herself and her family. When reporting, one should be responsible
    and report only what is factual and not for sensationalism. The Bahamas has lost a talented
    people caring individual. Her family has lost a
    gem but thank you Lord that the Kingdom of God rejoices in a soul that will spend eternity with
    Christ.
    To the family and friends I give my condolences.
    May God sustain you in this time!!!!! All our goes
    out to you .
    Carl and Yvonne

  2. Let me first say that I must commend you sickening media for posting the poem I wrote in remembrance of my bestie. However, your facts are clearly flawed. Tanya did not collapse at the party, we came home together and she was quite fine.Please refrain from posting wrong information about my friend as I take great offense to that. She is of a great, flawless reputation and I will dispute any reports that may intentionally or unintentionally spoil that reputation. 2. Unless you can show me that certificate that states you are a toxicologist, pathologist or even a nurse, then you cannot tell me what killed latanya, so my advise to you is to get your facts straight, otherwise shut it. R.I.P Latanya, I will always love you

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Tanya’s mom and dad, and to the entire Pratt family on the passing of their daughter. Grieve not as those without hope. Place your trust in the God you serve and He will bring about healing for your wounded hearts.
    ~Doreen, Deidre & Donny (USA)

  4. I had decided that I would not even waste my time to correct your irresponsible article BP but your ‘facts’ have to be disputed. The social you speak about was no where near campus..’fact’ #1 wrong. The friend you speak about was never admitted to hospital…’fact’ #3 wrong. Tanya was not 32….’fact’ wrong.
    Unless BP turned into medical students or finished med school and are now Pathologists you nor I know how she died.
    Lastly for you to even imply that Lia died as a result of anything other than her known illness, makes your defamatory article even more sickening.
    Do better BP, stop listening to hear-say and let people rest in peace.

  5. I cannot say I am surprised after reading the above article. BP, just to let you know that yes a statement can be a factual one, but that does not make it a fact. I am also suggesting that in your reports, it would be good if you just state what you heard (regardless of how false it may be) and forget about giving your opinion. I find your opinion to be rather bias and makes very little sense. You and I both know that yes it would be good if COB became a University,but we also know the joke behind that. Another point, death can happen anywhere, so please do not give the impression as if the University is responsible. I guess based on what you are saying it could not have happened at COB. What is also amazing is that you are comparing the two deaths, yet we are told that the other was related to a particular illness. Well, I guess the University was also responsible for that. Clearly, you lack much when it comes to journalism and my suggestion is that you leave it for others who are more mature and intelligent. My condolences to the Pratt family and I sincerely hope that you will find peace in this your moment of mourning.

  6. I cannot say I am surprised after reading the above article. BP, just to let you know that yes a statement can be a factual one, but that does not make it a fact. I am also suggesting that in your reports, it would be good if you just state what you heard (regardless of how false it may be) and forget about giving your opinion. I find your opinion to be rather bias and makes very little sense. You and I both know that yes it would be good if COB became a University,but we also know the joke behind that. Another point, death can happen anywhere, so please do not give the impression as if the University is responsible. I guess based on what you are saying it could not have happened at COB. What is also amazing is that you are comparing the two deaths, yet we are told that the other was related to a particular illness. Well, I guess the University was also responsible for that. Clearly, you lack much when it comes to journalism and my suggestion is that you leave it for others who are more mature and intelligent. My condolences to the Pratt family and I sincerely hope that you will find peace in this your moment of mourning.

  7. As a fellow classmate of Latanya in the faculty of medicine at UWI and also a close friend, I am compelled to refute the defamatory allegations implied in the BP article. In fact the Latanya that I knew, was a kind and responsible person who worked extremely long hours to get this far in medicine. The social event which she attended on the evening of her final exam was not at the university and neither did she lived on campus. She was not 32 years old either.
    We have lost a great person who would have been a fine physician. My deepest condolences to her family and her other friends. I miss her so much.

  8. so what about the part about the brownies & alcohol. Is that fact too?

    & Also u call for a university to be established in Bahamas while its a good idea, u act as if stuff like this only happen in Jamaica to Bahamian students. It could happen anywhere to any1, even a Jamaican. Every1 will die, sadly it was her time. Condolences to her family & MBBS2k15…sigh…

  9. so what about the part about the brownies & alcohol. Is that fact too?

    & Also u call for a university to be established in Bahamas while its a good idea, u act as if stuff like this only happen in Jamaica to Bahamian students. It could happen anywhere to any1, even a Jamaican. Every1 will die, sadly it was her time. Condolences to her family & MBBS2k15…sigh…

  10. To all the detractors to this story…WE REPORT, YINNER DECIDE! No one can dispute the facts to this story. THE VICTIM IN THIS CASE was at a CAMPUS social! She went to the event and left in GOOD HEALTH! That is FACT #1. Today she is a DEAD WOMAN! That is FACT #2. And her friend who also attended the event is in HOSPITAL! THAT IS FACT NUMBER 3! Now you don’t have to believe what we write, we stand by what we report! Everyone else is FREE to decide!

    BP

  11. It sickens me that so called journalists just want to sensationalize a story without regard for peoples families! People do die because of illnesses you dumbasses it can actually be that simple so stop looking for bullshit stories where there are none and have friggin respect for the deceased and their families. And if u ga have the nerve to mention names get ur facts straight and if you’re discussing one story why the frig u need to rehash someone elses passing? And for the record not a shit is wrong with the UWI which is why many bahamian students attend there. I hope someone passes this onto someone from the bahamas press and if that ignorant so called journalist needs a friggin quote “ur a piece of shit” end quote.

  12. It sickens me that so called journalists just want to sensationalize a story without regard for peoples families! People do die because of illnesses you dumbasses it can actually be that simple so stop looking for bullshit stories where there are none and have friggin respect for the deceased and their families. And if u ga have the nerve to mention names get ur facts straight and if you’re discussing one story why the frig u need to rehash someone elses passing? And for the record not a shit is wrong with the UWI which is why many bahamian students attend there. I hope someone passes this onto someone from the bahamas press and if that ignorant so called journalist needs a friggin quote “ur a piece of shit” end quote.

  13. BP has shot straight to the top as the most irresponsible source of information.
    Be careful BP, you’re causing hurt in an already sore and hurting community.

  14. Why is this story still or not changed? Seriously. It is wrong? For the love of Jesus, have a heart. My girl for years only wanted to be a doctor and serve people. So I am asking that said story be removed or in the very least altered.

  15. @Trashy
    Now I know why we were warned not to play with trash. You get filth all over you when you deal with the likes of you. So heavenly consious that you are absolutely no earthly good. A PHARISEE OF THE FIRST ORDER.

  16. I am absolutely appalled by this false “reporting” of news and demand it be removed from this website and a formal apology be released to the family and friends of Latanya Pratt. Her death should be used to push some agenda. She was my friend! I was with her during said “week” and like all other medical students she was preparing for and taking final exams.
    We are supposed to be a Christian nation and this post is offensive, uncalled for and filled with lies. Anyone reading this that don’t know the kind of person Latanya was would automatically think negatively. That is wrong. She was a kind and loving person who loved her country, wanted to be a doctor and come back and help. Her family has lost someone invaluable. Our country has lost the potential in her. I have lost a friend. I would like the authors of this site to formally apologize and stop posting hearsay.

  17. Sweet Lord what this young gal was doing eating dope-cookies. My God, sweet hour of prayer. You gats to be careful when you go to these dope-smoking parties. When will our young ladies learn sense, when will they practice common-sense, sweet Lord.

    When will they yield their lives to wisdom. When will they put down wild riotous living and take up the guantlet of salvation. Our young ladies need to stop living fast hard lives.

    I can imagine her mar and par hollering and screaming and blaming the school for this. No baby, if ya make ya bed hard you will lay in it hard. I’m praying for yall.

    All that education gone to dam waste.

  18. How about we get the facts right first please before publishing “reports”.

    Its called deformation (as you know) Social media is not the way to go.

    I am not a family-spokes person.
    Thanks

  19. This story is not true. I have been a fan of BP for a while now and this FALSE report has definitely put me in deep shock and disgust….Please dont let your hunger for getting an easy story make you ignorantly susceptible to the first “rumor” you recieve for due future (very unprofessional and just down right distasteful). As a fellow Bahamian classmate of Tanya at UWI as well as a very close friend, I can tell you the story hightlighted is a slap in Tanya’s face because the events claimed did not take place. Thanks a lot for exploiting Tanya’s name and last memory of her in a negative light to our Nation, you have just one the award for most faultiest media source. Ps. I understand its a business put next time being that you failed to serve any respect/remorse to the Pratt’s and the Lashleys ….but next time pls do so for the next poor soul

  20. Really I am hurt about this story this is my good childhood friend and I do not like the way she is being portrayed in this story. Please when you get the information correct then you can give information to the public. She was not 32 and she is not this party person that you are portraying her to be. This girl dedicated her life to working hard in school, her only dream was to be a doctor and in the end work to take care of her parents who supported her as the rest of her family straight through. She did not collapse at a party and she did not die at this function. She was well loved and a best friend to so many. Please take down this story until the investigations are finished.

  21. Really I am hurt about this story this is my good childhood friend and I do not like the way she is being portrayed in this story. Please when you get the information correct then you can give information to the public. She was not 32 and she is not this party person that you are portraying her to be. This girl dedicated her life to working hard in school, her only dream was to be a doctor and in the end work to take care of her parents who supported her as the rest of her family straight through. She was well loved and a best friend to so many. Please take down this story until the investigations are finished.

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