Accident victim pleads for assistance

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Accident victim pleads for assistance
The bus in which Herbert Garib was critically injured.
The bus in which Herbert Garib was critically injured.

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.

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  1. Dear Note worthy,

    You seem to know more about this young man to suggest on this public forum that this press release is in accurate . by which standard are you judging this comment ? are you a nurse or Doctor to state such a harsh comment about a young man who deserves the best of health care . Instead you take your time to congratulate Doctors and Nurses. you should at least feel for this young man .

    By the way at the end of the day Glory belongs to God and not man. As a matter of fact no one at St.Judes thought this young man would have survived including the neurosurgeon himself. so who are you trying to please here ? your mind seem very shallow and small minded....I suggest if you are of the opinion that this press release is in accurate then you should get in touch with the family members and direct your comments.

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  2. Note worthy news. I saw the gentleman and as the article says his eyes do not open on their own. He cannot move about, sit up. He needs further medical attention. And St. Judes right now cannot do it for him. This explains why he was discharged. The ministry of health's endorsement of the fund validates this claim. Let us look out for each other in time of need.

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    • yes concerned I agree with you totally . St.Judes is in no position to help this guy further. They just want praise because he did not die. by the way this family prayed from the time the surgery started till it ended just to ensure their loved one didn't die like so many who goes through surgery and never return alive. so note worthy news don't make any sense what so ever. all they want is praise or credit , but god is the greatest Doctor who needs the credit for this surgery . all doctors gave up on him even the neurosurgeon . so thanks and praise to the almighty .

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  3. Persons from england who want to contribute and may not trust sending cash the best way to do it is to send a wire transfer straight to the account.

    Banking information

    the account number- waterver it is
    swift code: bosllclc
    bank of saint lucia
    #1 bridge street
    castries sait lucia

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  4. THIS ARTICLE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. AS FAR AS I HAVE HEARD, THIS PATIENT HAD LIFE SAVING BRAIN SURGERY RIGHT AFTER THE ACCIDENT HERE IN ST. LUCIA, BY OUR FIRST NEUROSURGEON. I SAW THIS GUY AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT AND IT'S A MIRACLE THAT HE IS ALIVE! IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO KNOW WHAT FURTHER SURGERY IS NEEDED OUTSIDE OF ST. LUCIA. ALSO HOW MUCH MONEY IS NEEDED. CONGRATS TO THE STAFF - DOCTORS AND NURSES OF ST. JUDE!!!!!!!!!!

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    • while it may be true that the surgery was performed by our first neurosurgeon in st.lucia , you cannot dctate or presume that this patient does not need other surgeries outside of st.lucia which cannot be done locally.

      If you are so sure that the article is inaccurate you may want to take it up with the family and I suggestion since you seem to know more than the family , you may direct your queries to them.

      I am sure there is more that can be done for this young an abroad. by the way I am a family member.

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      • I saw the individual myself, one of his eye is not completely open he needs to undergo surgery to have it completely open. He walks around and can talk. But he does needs some medical attention. Someone should come out and tell the public how much funds they are seeking. Let us know how much "tens of thousands of dollars' are you looking at. There should be a budget.

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  5. Any one from overseas who wishes to donate should do so via the bank account given . bank of saint lucia - 511086351

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  6. The people from england/abroad who wants to contribute. Call back of st lucia and they will provide you with the necessary information. Please mention "Herbert Garib medical appeal fund". Or if you want the bank can provide you with the telephone numbers of the family if western union/ money gram are your only options. Peace and love.

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  7. The person from the uk, where do u live? I have someone coming over from peckham next week if u want to send cash...I will send you receipt to prove it went into the charity

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  8. If you all going to contribute, go ahead and do that and stop the crazy talk. He need help and that's what matters.

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    • just a bit of information;the driver of the vehicle is NOT covered by the insurance. if he was the driver,
      then there is no money for him to get. if the vehicle was involved in the accident all by itself then there is also no money unless it was comprehensive,which it wasn`t.

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  9. WOW!!!! ACCIDENTS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME,YESTERDAY WAS HIM ,TOMORROW COULD BE YOU OR ME,SO WE AS ST LUCIANS SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND HELP IF WE CAN,EVERYBODY DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE .

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  10. Drivers are not covered under the motor Insurance act. As a driver you must get personal Liability Insurance for yourself.

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  11. Sad situation, but why is he bearing this cost? Wasn't the vehicle insured? Insurance company would have covered this cost.

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  12. Thats why the seatbelt is so important. I hope others will learn from this tradegy. When i saw him myself its a miracle his still alive.wish him well.

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  13. Jill that was not nice.hmmm I quite agree with you.You could never tell what situation we may be faced with in the future. Lets be a little empathetic to the brother!

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  14. My heart goes out to the young man and family. I would like to know whether he has any family who lives in England who has a charity in his name so that I WILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO SUCH CAUSE.

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