Rosie Saunders, the 52-year-old woman who was attacked by a male relative on Tuesday morning, is said to be in a stable condition and recovering.
In a conversation with relatives Newsday was told that Saunders is conscious, but because of her injuries, she is experiencing extreme dizzy spells. She remains warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
It was reported that Saunders was at her St Helena home with her family including her common-law husband who is said to be a coconut vendor and her twin daughters, aged 14.
Saunders and the man started quarelling with each other and the man left to take a bath. When he returned, police said, he chopped her to the back of the head and then struck her with a hammer. As he was busy setting fire to the house, Saunders and her daughters fled from the building. The house was completely gutted.
The man remained at large up to press time.