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Jamaica loses Little-White

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM

NUTRITIONIST AND Gleaner contributor, Dr Heather Little-White, is dead.

Little-White, 60, was admitted to Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrew for four weeks and later taken to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) where she died yesterday evening.

"She was under medical care for four months, in and out of hospital, but she died at KPH in intensive care," her friend for more than 40 years, Carmen Patterson, told The Gleaner last night.

"Heather was my friend for many years. On my return from London to live in Montego Bay we met as young journalists; she was at The Gleaner and I was at the then JBC Western Bureau," Patterson said.

"She was always this positive person who felt that there was always a silver lining, that the sun would come up tomorrow, so she never dwelt on the negative," she added, noting that even after Little-White was shot nearly 14 years ago she remained positive.

Lenny Little-White, Heather's brother, said his sister lived a "very positive life".

"So many people knew her because of what she wrote in the paper, about cuisine or relationships, and so she became part of several people's existence across the country," he noted.

He said someone reminded him that his sister played an important role in ensuring that the nutrition levels of the Reggae Boyz were properly taken care of on their 'Road to France' in 1998.

"You always saw her at the stadium on the cycle track when the team went out. She planned their menu on the Road to France. She emphasised to (Captain Horace) Burrell that if they don't have the nutrition right they can't function at the international level," he recalled.

He said his sister was also a voice for the disabled community.

In 1999, she was carjacked and shot by her assailants. The attack left her paralysed.

Lobbying on behalf of the disabled in 2000, Heather Little-White appealed to the Government to set up a funding agency to compensate persons who had been made disabled as a result of crime.

"I studied abroad then made the commitment to come back to Jamaica and serve my country ... . Somebody put a stop to this plan. If the Government can't control crime to the extent that people can be safe, they have to set up a fund to help the victims," Little-White had said in an appeal to the state at the time.