In preparation for her burial on Monday, October 3, in Kisii county, the remains of Hellen Wendy Nyabuto, a Kenyan nurse and student who drowned while swimming in Canada last month, will arrive in the nation today.
On a flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines, her remains are anticipated to touch down in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon.
This week, family members went to the swimming pool where she died.
Hellen's father and mother placed flowers at the side of the pool, joined by other family members. Before her remains were returned home, her father, John Kiyondi Nyabuto, stated he would only be able to find closure for his daughter's terrible death.
"In our culture, a person is meant to be interred close to the place of birth. If my daughter is interred outside of Kenya, I won't feel mentally at ease, the 56-year-old stated.
On August 18, 2022, Hellen passed away in Ontario after falling into the deep end of the pool while live-streaming her workout on Facebook. About ten minutes into her live video, she drowned, and her phone kept filming.
Visitors to the swimming pool didn't find her body and ceased the live video until three hours later.
Hellen spoke with a friend about her experiences in Canada in a conversation that the Nairobi News overheard.
"I'll be around forever. In one of the tapes, she jokes, "Even if I die this year, I don't know if you will come and remove my body.
After graduating from Interior Girls High School in 2017, she began to have the desire to move overseas in search of greener pastures.
She had a strong sense of purpose and understood that she needed to set a high standard for her siblings.
To transport her body back home for burial, the family revealed last month that they had received more than Sh5 million from well-wishers. A funeral mass for the deceased was held in Canada on Sunday, September 4, and was live streamed on YouTube so that her relatives in Kenya may watch.
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