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Critically-injured accident victim requires urgent surgery

By SNO Staff
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Kyle Joseph (inset photo) and another male were occupants of this mangled Honda car that crashed on the Millenium Highway on Jan. 27, 2017.

A relative said 28-year-old Kyle Joseph was “critically injured” in a motor vehicle accident on Jan. 27, 2017 and requires surgery to repair his “spinal column”.

However, the family is seeking assistance from the public to offset some of the costs associated with the surgery.

Kyle’s cousin, Rosa Joseph, has set up an account on fundraising website GoFundMe to faciliate donations. CLICK HERE to help.

Rosa wrote on the site: “On January 27th, 2017, my cousin, Kyle Joseph was critically injured in a car accident in our home country, St. Lucia. Unfortunately, his spinal column was damaged (fracture at C6 and C7) and he is experiencing weakness in his upper body and unable to feel or move anything in his lower body. My family has been informed that surgery is needed and while it will not guarantee a full recovery, there is hope it will help.”

Kyle Joseph posted this photo on his Facebook profile on the morning of Jan. 27, 2017. He sustained critical injuries in the motor vehicle accident later that same day.

Kyle Joseph posted this photo on his Facebook profile on the morning of Jan. 27, 2017. He sustained critical injuries in the motor vehicle accident later that same day.

“The healthcare system in St. Lucia is different from that in the U.S. The total cost of the surgery will be approximately $42,000 E.C. (16,000 U.S. dollars) and the surgeons are asking for at least $29,000 E.C. (11,000 U.S. dollars) upfront before doing the surgery. My aunt (his mom) has gone to the insurance company every day for the past week and a half and has had no luck in determining if they will be able to help offset the cost.”

Rosa said weeks have passed since the accident and it is critical he has the surgery soon. The more time that passes, the less likely for recovery, she said.

“Thus, I have started this fundraiser to help my family offset some of those costs. Anything you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Kyle and his girlfriend recently had a baby girl, Kayan, in August and she has been the light of his life. I understand if you can’t provide financially. But, I do ask for you prayers and well wishes to keep Kyle strong, stable, and his spirits uplifted so he can pull through for his family,” she said.

On Wednesday during an interview online with this reporter, Rosa was immediately unable to give details of the Jan. 27 that injured her cousin. However, according to an article posted by St Lucia News Online (SNO) on that same date, two males were injured in the accident that occurred on the Millenium Highway after 10 p.m..

Officials said a Honda motor vehicle, with two males on board, ran off the road and broke a utility pole.

The occupants sustained serious injuries and were transported to hospital by ambulance, officials said.

Kyle and his girlfriend had a daughter in August 2016.

Kyle and his girlfriend had a baby girl in August 2016.

The driver was trapped.

“We had to extricate him using cutting equipment,” a fire official had told SNO.

Another official had reported that one of the men appeared have sustained “spinal” injuries because he complained of “not feeling his legs”.

The car stuck a utility pole.

The car stuck a utility pole.

 

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10 comments

  1. Choops. Here the young lady is asking for help and all busy talking about road conditions. SMH. There over a 1000 vehicles driving on this road and they don't run into any electric poles. So why is that this guy that run into the pole? How can it be the road fault. Did the other drivers fly over that section. Anyways.

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    • well, why people comment negative when someone put logical questions. It is simply the speed the driver had and and he push it.

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  2. hold your strength kyle we making that money for you my g

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  3. Notwithstanding the fact that the quality of our four lane highway is sub-standard and the concept too poorly executed to be comparable with similar roads across the region or around the world, it is incumbent upon road users, drivers and pedestrians alike, to exercise the utmost caution when navigating the highway. Having viewed the photo of the accident site, I can only conclude that speed (I stand corrected) was the primary contributing factor in this mangled mess that has been presented before me. Our young men in particular need to discard this mindset that they are invincible on these roads and take heed at how quickly our lives can be forever changed or God forbid; lost. It is indeed very unfortunate that this young man is now in such a critical condition and in dire need of urgent medical intervention. I hope the family receives the assistance being sought and that others learn from his ordeal. The highway is not going anywhere in a hurry. Consequently, it behooves each one of us to adapt our driving skills accordingly.

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    • I swear that the accident happened on the Millennium Highway. How then, is the four lane the basis of your comment? And besides, someone needs help. Either you assist, or you don't. Stop attributing blame, leave that for the accident investigators. Let them say that the driver was speeding. Smh... Pray for the recovery of the young man that he may be reunited with his family.

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  4. Imagine that piece of road on the Castries Gros Islet highway was designed by two of st. Lucia's most senior engineers, Tom and Jerry. The piece of road has seen more accidents than other piece on the island in its rather short existence.

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  5. Well with that said I guess we can all go back to thanking politicians for their ill-conceived plans in the design of roads and having health institutions well equipped. I have always complained about the death trap which passes for a two lane highway not to mention the tardiness in getting a workable hospital for the country. All this was left in the capable hands of the previous PM. I hope that we have learnt rather than looking for excuses, lets get the new government to understand those concerns. Lets move forward

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  6. This is why I keep on warning those drivers to take it easy on the roads. St. Lucia has no healthcare neither a decent hospital . It's so sad , take it easy on st. Lucia's badly designed roads . One that comes to mind is the Castries Gros Islet highway, between Vigie and Choc.

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    • that is so true we had a little stretch on the caca beth but you cant go there and release your stress anymore, so sad this had to happen to these guys i would not want that for nobody i hope he gets by ok.

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    • But the driver were driveing and drinking

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