Hospital officials have given 13-year-old Jameel Mounter little chance of recovering from the horrendous injuries he suffered two Sundays ago when he was struck by an Education Ministry official’s car.
Jameel, who suffered severe head injuries, is on a life support machine at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and senior hospital sources confirmed yesterday that he has been declared ‘brain dead’.
Relatives told Kaieteur News yesterday that they have received that same prognosis from GPHC officials.
“They say that he is brain-dead and that nothing can be done,” a female relative said.
Kaieteur News was told that a senior official from the Ministry of Education had promised to arrange a meeting with some of the relatives yesterday, but no one showed up.
Chief Education Officer Olato Sam and other officials have met with the teen’s mother and offered to assist with travelling expenses. The family has rejected the offer, saying that they are seeking ‘justice’.
The official who struck down Jameel has reportedly expressed his regret to some of the lad’s relatives. He is on $100,000 station bail and police are reportedly waiting on further details on the victim’s condition before laying charges.
Mounter, of North-East Stewartville Housing Scheme, was walking on the West Coast Demerara Public Road with two other relatives when he was allegedly struck from behind.
A cousin of the injured lad told Kaieteur News that they were walking in single file, while heading to Uitvlugt at around 21.00 hrs last week Sunday, when a car “came from nowhere” and struck Jameel.
She alleged that the driver, identified as an Education Official, did not come out of the car, and it was left to her and another relative to place the unconscious lad in the man’s vehicle. He was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital.
According to the cousin, the official who had struck down the boy tried to leave the scene while doctors were tending to the unconscious teen. She said he eventually remained after she stood in front of his vehicle.
Jameel Mounter was subsequently transferred to the GPHC.
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