Student learning to be ‘best nurse in the world’ dies in Mexico after tragic accident on Airbnb

Simmons University student Leah Pearse dies in vacation accident in Mexico

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A Massachusetts woman died while vacationing in Mexico last week.

Leah Pearse, a 20-year-old nursing student at Simmons University, died Jan. 6 after returning to her Airbnb after a day at the beach in Cancun.

According to a obituaryher room keys were locked inside the third-floor apartment, and Pearse attempted to get inside by climbing onto the balcony.

“Tragically, she slipped, fell and died instantly,” according to the obituary.

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Pearse, who was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was pursuing her 5-year master’s degree in nursing at Simmons University. She worked as a certified practical nurse at Mass General Hospital.

“Leah needed an outlet for her love and desire to help others, so her biggest goal in life was to become the best nurse in the world,” the obituary states.

In a report, Lynn Perry Wooten, President of Simmons University told CBS News that the campus was heartbroken over Pearse’s death.

“Known for her confidence, compassion and sense of humor, Leah brought out the best in others. Her lifelong goal was to become a nurse and she was an exceptional student in the accelerated five-year bachelor’s degree program. in Science and Masters of Science in Nursing program,” Wooten said. “We send our deepest thoughts and condolences to family, friends, and all members of our Leah community affected by this tragedy. Counseling and support services are available for students and employees.

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According to the obituary, Pearse was a hard worker who found joy in life.

“Leah was having a phenomenal time at college, bonding with everyone she met,” the obituary reads. “If you knew Leah, you know she put it all on the table from the start. People felt they knew her from the first interaction, and often they liked her immediately for the ease her presence brought into every room she walked into.”

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Pearse graduated from Classical Academy at Haverhill High School in 2020 and moved to Boston upon graduation. Haverhill is about an hour north of Boston.

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