Jun 19, 2012 Sports
Ex-Berbice cricketer to return to Brain Surgeon next month
International Cricket broadcaster Sean Devers has received a contribution of $50,000 towards his medical bills (MRI images) from the Berbice Cricket Board from its recently held Independence Cup T20 tournament at Albion.
A sports Journalist with the Kaieteur News, Devers was diagnosed with a Level one brain tumor in January and traveled to Trinidad in February where he was seen by Radiologist Dr Omar Khan and Brain Surgeon Dr Robert Ramsarran.
It was recommended that Surgery was not done at that time since the Tumor was not at a critical stage and surgery would have affected Devers’ speech.
The 42-year-old Devers, also a former Guyana cricketer, will return to Trinidad next month for evaluation and is currently on medication to control seizures which, according to Guyanese Neurologist Dr Sean Legall, is triggered by stress.
Due to his illness Devers was unavailable to do Radio commentary in this year’s Caribbean T20 competition and the West Indies home series against Australia while he was also unable to cover the Australia series for the BBC World Service. He is also likely to miss the West Indies home series against New Zealand which starts next month.
Devers who was also being treated for depression, explained that he is getting stronger mentally and more able to control his seizures, which is his biggest worry ahead of his return to the Brain Surgeon in Trinidad.
“God is a great God and since my illness I have had time to reassess my priorities in life and gotten closer to the Almighty. I am feeling better each day and I am confident that with God’s grace I will not have to do surgery next month,” Devers said.
“God has put so many people in my life and I am grateful for all the support I have gotten since my weekly visits to the doctor, the cost for drugs, their side effects plus the restriction on my normal life is at times frustrating to deal with,” Devers informed.
A former Berbice senior Inter-County off-spinner, Devers revealed that of all the entities in and outside of Guyana providing support, donations from Malteenoes, GYO and the BCB were the most touching since those were places he represented on the cricket field. Devers also represented Demerara at the senior inter county level.
“The contribution from the BCB is special since some of my proudest memories playing cricket was representing Berbice. The fantastic work of the BCB in recent times has seen Berbice now dominating cricket but in 1997 when myself and Mahendra Nagamootoo bowled 123 overs combined and took eight wickets between us at Albion it was the first time in 20 years that Berbice had beaten Demerara in a senior four-day game. The next week in Essequibo when I got 5-12, Berbice dismissed Essequibo for 31, which is still a senior inter county record,” Devers reminded.
Devers informed that he is grateful for all the support and added that while the Guyana Government has pledged $1 Million and others including the Hits and Jams Organizations, WIPA, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Lennox Cush have promised financial support he has not yet collected these contributions which would be used if he has to do Surgery.
“The Minister himself and the Ministry of Health has been very helpful and their contribution has already been approved but I cannot access it unless surgery is needed. The bulk of what I have received has been used for my trip to Trinidad in February and my medical bills since then,” Devers stated.
Devers wished the BCB and especially cricket officials Anil Beharry, Carl Moore, Angela Haniff and Keith & Hilbert Foster, continued success and urged other local sports entities to use the BCB’s committed work as an example to move sports in Guyana forward. (Samuel Whyte)
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