..need $5M for surgery
By Leon Suseran
A mother is pleading for cash donations on behalf of her semi-conscious son who urgently needs brain surgery that will cost some $5M. Lorna Hicken said that life for the wife and six children of Wayne Bovell, 32, has become a nightmare with the absence of the sole breadwinner of the family.
Bovell is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital and slips in and out of consciousness.
He was involved in an argument and physical scuffle with Lamon Leacock in June and was hit several times in the head with a piece of metal. The incident allegedly occurred at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.
Leacock’s case was called only yesterday at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court, but he was a no-show. A warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued by the Magistrate and the case deferred to October 26, 2014.
The injury has left Bovell almost a vegetable over the months. He was subsequently discharged from the New Amsterdam Hospital shortly after the incident in June, but the headaches persisted over the months. He was admitted a week ago to Georgetown Public Hospital for the headaches and a CT scan was done.
The scan showed subarachnoid haemorrhage and cerebral contusions. The patient was subsequently discharged with advice to seek treatment at the Neurosurgery Clinic. But his mother added that the headaches became worse and he was readmitted to the hospital.
A repeat CT scan showed subarachnoid haemorrhage and intra-ventricular extension of bleeds which suggest evidence of ruptured aneurysms. This was according to a report from the G/T Hospital, prepared a few days ago by General Medical Officer, Dr. Anna Singh, of the Department of General Surgery.
Bovell’s case, she added, was discussed further with Professor Ivan Crandon, a Neurosurgeon who recommended a CT angiography study that is not done in Guyana. He advised the mother to seek overseas treatment for further investigation and management.
“They now tell me that he is bleeding in a wider margin of the brain. The doctor, Anna Singh, said that she cannot treat the patient because he has to undergo surgery either in Trinidad or Venezuela,” Hicken added.
She said that the Ministry of Health would assist with $1M. “I am asking the public if they can please help in whatever small way so that we can make the kind of money for the surgery to be done, and I am asking them to pray for Wayne because he has a wife and six daughters,” the woman said while breaking down in tears.
She and his wife are pleading for donations and assistance. Hicken is on a race every day now to distribute flyers and donation sheets across the country. She resides in Georgetown and is finding it extremely difficult. Bovell’s wife is finding it very hard since the six children are now under her care. They are also attending various schools.
Anyone wishing to assist the family can contact them on telephone numbers 681-9628, 682-9945.
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