Prudent calls for action after Cassius’ death

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Prudent calls for action after Cassius’ death
LPM leader Therold Prudent
LPM leader Therold Prudent

The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) Therold Prudent has expressed great shock and sadness at the passing of Oswald “Cassius” Maxius of Gros Islet, and has called for greater attention to the plight of the physically and mentally challenged on the island.

Prudent, who hails from the community of Gros Islet and has known Maxius and his family for many years, said: “His death could have been averted if our country had possessed the foresight to divert some of its resources to building modern group homes for people such as Maxius, where trained personal could have offered him ongoing medical care for his epilepsy.”

Prudent lamented the fact that for many years Maxius’s family and the entire community of Gros Islet stood helpless as he suffered numerous epilepsy attacks on the streets of Gros Islet.

“Last December, when Maxius was sitting quietly on the steps of a bar, in the vicinity of the Gros Islet Friday night events, he suddenly collapsed onto the sidewalk. Fortunately, there were people around who witnessed what had happened and were able to help him to his feet once the attack had subsided. We must do much better than that as a country”.

Prudent also questioned why there wasn’t trained lifeguards positioned along the shores of Gros Islet Bay during the current summer school holidays.

He stated, “If there had been lifeguards on patrol, they would have cast a protective eye on Maxius.”

“Death is not an easy thing for a community to face. Our hearts go out to Oswald “Cassius” Maxius family; and I hope that lessons are learnt from this tragedy whereby the mental and physically challenged in our midst will finally receive the assistance they deserve,” Prudent concluded.

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  1. really life guards! can our present government afford that? so should there be life guards on all the beaches since its summer? really!. only when death reaches close to home some of us think of things like that. I am in the field of special ed where I know that epilepsy can be controlled with proper medication and avoiding alcohol and smoking. I also know this because my brother and cousin is epileptic. so the family could have sought medical attention or help with financing his meds. RIP. Oswald

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  2. I still think st Lucia don't pay enough attention to people that is sick mentally or otherwise may his soul rest in peace I am a sufferer of this illness and it is expensive to deal with you have to be on meds everyday

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  3. please be realistic-this is unavoidable-that's the way he had to his painless resting place.may he rest in perfect peace

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  4. its a shame the country never made time for the people who are mentally and physically challenge, mmbers of parlament should have made that the prime interest these ppl are taken advantage of, sleps hungry at night and some don't have the means for medication. i hope before the end of this year the government make finally decide to open a home and daycare facility tfor them. make it number one on the 2014 budget

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    • I can't agree with you more. Although Prudent is a politician himself I don't think we should discard the observation he has made.

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