PRESS RELEASE – The family of a young man who was seriously injured in a road accident more than two months ago is appealing for public donations to help him obtain medical treatment abroad.
Twenty-year-old Herbert Garib of Cantonment, Vieux Fort, was aboard a vehicle which overturned on the St. Jude Highway on June 26th 2014.
Garib, who was initially not expected to survive, was kept for several weeks in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Jude Hospital. Although doctors there have done their best to facilitate his recovery — to the extent that he was recently discharged — Garib remains largely incapacitated, due to brain and nerve injuries for which the required surgical interventions are not available locally.
The Garib family, which is of very modest economic means, is being assisted by Ms. Cleopatra Johnny to solicit the financial assistance required to pay for the expenses involved in transporting him abroad for the procedures that are estimated to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Approaches have already been made to the National Community Foundation (NCF) and Ministry of Health, but the amounts available through these sources will not come close to meeting the sums required.
Ms. Johnny, a former social worker within the local public service, says appeals for donations have already been submitted to numerous private sector entities, many of which have indicated their inability to contribute, due to the prevailing economic downturn. She is however hopeful that St. Lucians will show the generosity for which they are well known, in order to give this very young man some chance to have a normal life and future.
Among the more obvious incapacities suffered by Garib as a result of the accident, Johnny says, are his inability to open one of his eyes; nor is he able to sit upright or move about unassisted.
A bank account approved by the Minstry of Health has been set up, where donations for the Herbert Garib medical appeal fund can be deposited.
The account number is 511-086-351 at the Bank of Saint Lucia.