Devers diagnosed with Brain tumor, overseas treatment recommended
Overseas treatment has been recommended for Cricket Broadcaster Sean Devers after the former Guyana
cricketer was diagnosed by Jamaica based Brain Surgeon Professor Crandon with Glioma.
A Glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a Glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of Glioma is the brain.
Devers who was struck unconscious while playing in a club cricket match as a 16-year-old suffered two seizures in late December and another in early January this year and a CT scan and MRIs indicated the tumor in his left brain. The father of three who turns 42 on February 8 missed the recent Caribbean t20 cricket tournament in Antigua and Barbados due to his illness and is presently making arrangements to travel to either the USA or Jamaica for treatment.
Devers, who represented both Demerara and Berbice in cricket at the Senior Inter-County level in Guyana is also a Sports Journalist at the Kaieteur News.
The cost for surgery could reach close to US$100,000 ($20 Million Guyana dollars) and Devers said that since news of his illness was revealed during commentary of the Caribbean t20 matches he has received overwhelming moral support from persons both in Guyana and overseas.
Already several entities including the Trinidad based West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the St Lucia based Reds Perrier Foundation, the local Cricket Umpires Association, the Ministry of Health, the Guyana Cricket team, local cricket clubs and Guyanese Cricket officials have promised support.
Devers who grew up in West Ruimveldt, said the Western Tigers Football team has offered to participate in a benefit match for his treatment while cricketers Ramnaresh Sarwan and Lennox Cush have pledged personal assistance.
Devers, who covered West Indian Cricket for the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) and the BBC World Service, said that veteran Guyanese Cricket Administrator Carl Moore informed him that National Coach Mark Harper was planning a t20 match with the Guyana team and the other best players in the country as a fund raiser for his overseas surgery.
The Malteenoes Sports Club, Gandhi Youth Organization (GYO) and Berbice club Bermine- all teams that Devers Captained at division One Level- have pledged to help their former Off-spinner, while Director of Sports in the National Sports Commission (NSC), Neil Kumar has also promised support.
Devers commended the Minister of Health and the CEO of the Georgetown Public Hospital for their personal intervention in his health care and was high in praise for Doctors Rambarran and Legall of the Georgetown Hospital for their assistance.
The Universal DVD Club in Berbice is also planning a fund raiser for Devers while telethons on Georgetown and Berbice television Stations to help acquire funding for the high cost for his treatment are being planned.
Devers said the support of his mother, USA based father, brother, sisters, eldest son and especially Cricket officials Ramsay Ali and Bissoon Singh along with cricket commentator Barbadian Andrew Mason has helped to keep him positive during this testing period.
Devers said Pastor Michael Sammy from the Elim Church in Timehri and Father Persaud from the Brickdam Cathedral have provided inspirational words and commended the Kaieteur News staff, especially owner Glen Lall, for their support.
“I try not to get depressed since doctors say a positive mindset is important but at times when I am alone I can’t help feeling scared. However I know once you have faith in the almighty God any miracle is possible,” Devers disclosed.