A health care worker filmed her own death after drowning during a live stream while swimming in a motel pool in Ontario, Canada, shocking video shows.
Footage of the horrific incident shows as Hellen Nyabuto, 24, drowned to death while taking a swim in Chatsworth, a suburb of Toronto, on Thursday, according to The Toronto Star.
Nyabuto was initially seen smiling and talking to online viewers as she played around in the shallow end of the pool.
But as she moved towards the deep end, she began to struggle mightily as she screamed for help after swimming outside of the camera’s view.
Body Discovered By Other Motel Guests, Who Debated Whether Or Not It Was Real
The feed, which has since been removed from Facebook, kept going for a few hours before several other motel guests were seen entering the pool and finding Nyabuto’s lifeless body.
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😌 Kenyan woman based in Canada drowns while filming live on Facebook.
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The guests who discovered her could be heard debating whether or not the body was even real at first, with one saying it could be a dead dog as her body lay at the bottom of the deep end.
Another guest responds that dead bodies are supposed to float after drowning, which was not the case in Nyabuto’s death.
They eventually called authorities who removed her from the water before determining her identity.
Drowning Victim Was Health Care Worker And “Breadwinner For Family Back Home”
Nyabuto reportedly moved to Canada in 2018 from her native Kenya, and was “the breadwinner back home for her family” being employed at a long-term care residence in the suburbs of Toronto, the Star reports.
“Hellen was the breadwinner back home for her family. She’s been supporting them and it’s left a big gap,” Alfonce Nyamwaya, Nyabuto’s close friend, reportedly said. “She worked with seniors right until the end,” she added. “She really had a passion for that.”
Video: Kenyan Nurse Living In Canada, Hellen Wendy Nyabuto Drowns While Livestreaming Herself In Swimming Pool pic.twitter.com/DKVFED15eM
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Her family has been trying to raise enough money to bring her body back to Kenya from Toronto, Nyamwaya said, before adding “we need prayers. We need financial support.”
The GoFundMe has already raised $51,319 CAD out of a $50,000 goal.
Victim’s Family Insists Her Death Was Accident, Dispels Rumors Of Foul Play
Nyamwaya, who was also a former college classmate of Nyabuto, also said her family knows it was an accident and dispelled rumors that her death was a result of foul play, according to The Toronto Star.
“Let the family mourn in peace. Let Hellen rest. It was an accident.”
“Hellen Wendy was full of life. With a warm smile and a charming heart,” she wrote in the GoFundMe description. “Everyone who met Wendy had their spirits lifted. She was passionate about her work and she touched many hearts.”