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Amy Winehouse hailed a hero
Late singer Amy Winehouse has been hailed a
hero for saving a Caribbean man's life by paying for him to undergo
The Back to Black hitmaker, who was found
dead at her London home on 23 July (11), spent eight months in St.
Lucia in 2009 in a bid to conquer her drink and drug
Amy Winehouse befriended Julian Jean-Baptiste
during her visit, and after learning he needed an urgent operation,
the singer handed over $6,400 to pay for the procedure.
Julian Jean-Baptiste tells Britain's Daily
Mirror, "She saved my life. The hernia was killing me. It was the
most terrible pain in my groin and it would go from the tip of my
toes right up to my chest.
"I knew I had something seriously wrong with
me, but I couldn't make enough money to see a doctor. Amy walked up
to me one day on the beach. She could tell something was wrong and
she asked me how I was. I told her I had been feeling a lot of pain
down there. The next thing I knew her bodyguard gave me money to go
and see a doctor.
"I had the surgery on July 1, 2009... it cost
a fortune and Amy paid for the whole thing. I tried to thank her
after but she just hugged me and said not to say anything. Her
generosity gave me my life back."
Julian Jean-Baptiste was subsequently
devastated to learn about Amy Winehouse's passing, adding, "When I
heard she'd died, I cried for hours. It is so sad."