Shattered dream

Mother appeals for help for son

Sixteen-year-old Ezekiel Ramsay has not been able to walk with any degree of assuredness, run, or kick a ball since May 2012 when he injured his left knee at school.

These days, when he gets home from school, the first thing he does is head for his bed to rest the aching knee.

The teenager often dreams of pursuing a career as carpenter.

His mother Sophia Ellis wants her son to realize this dream, though she knows his reality is that he cannot stand for long periods, much of what his preferred career demands.

Sophia Ellis (left) is appealing to the public to donate funds to help her son Ezekiel Ramsay raise money for a much needed surgery on his injured left knee.
Sophia Ellis (left) is appealing to the public to donate funds to help her son Ezekiel Ramsay raise money for a much needed surgery on his injured left knee.

With no income or monetary assistance, the mother sat at her Rock Dundo, St James home during a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, desperately appealing to the public to help her son live a normal life again.

Ezekiel is scheduled to have reconstruction surgery on both knees in early July at the Bay View Hospital by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Tamara Nancoo.

It is estimated to cost $33,000, half of which an unemployed Ellis is being told she has to raise on her own.

“I am desperate to get this help for him because it has not been easy for him. Sometimes he feels like he is falling over because of the left knee. He has not taken part in any sports since this happen. And he is still a young boy,” the
mother appealed.

Ellis said her son’s injury occurred on May 16, 2012 Coleridge and Parry School. He was standing on the school pasture having a conversation with a friend when another student ran into him. The then first form student was knocked to the ground, injuring his leg.

Ezekiel Ramsay fitting the brace on his left knee which requires surgery.
Ezekiel Ramsay fitting the brace on his left knee which requires surgery.

Since then, the mother said her son, who wears knee braces for support, has been experiencing intense pain, and has undergone surgery on three occasions in his quest for
some relief.

Ellis said last year, the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust paid for Ezekiel to have a knee arthroscopy  – a surgical procedure that can diagnose and treat problems in the knee joint.

However, the Trust was unable to cover the full cost this time around due to the large number of children on the waiting list, but has offered to pay for up to half of it.

“They said I had help last year; there are other children on the waiting list, and this is a large amount of money. So they asked me to do some fundraising on my own to help,” she explained.

“Right now I am not working; I am not receiving anything from the National Insurance Scheme [and] I am having problems getting maintenance money from the children’s father. I am in no position really to raise this money on my own. I am just asking the public for some help.”

The estimated costs for Ezekiel Ramsay’s reconstructive knee surgery. (Pictures by Anesta Henry)
The estimated costs for Ezekiel Ramsay’s reconstructive knee surgery.
(Pictures by Anesta Henry)

Ellis has her own injury to worry about and said she was simply not physically able to spearhead the process. She cannot sit or stand for long periods, after falling on a wet floor at work and hurting her lower back in 2013.

She too has had surgery in an effort to correct her problem and is considering one more – this one much riskier, and could leave her paralyzed if it does not go as planned.

Ezekiel, who was born with a rare form of bronchitis, was not feeling well during the interview.

However, when asked how he was coping with the injured left knee, which has caused a strain to the right, the teenager said: “I just in a lot of pain.

“It is just a lot of pain. When I get home from school I am in pain because of all the walking and moving around,” said Ezekiel who recently completed an interview at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic to pursue studies in carpentry
and joinery.

Those interested in contributing to Ezekiel’s surgery can do so through account #06157878781004, at the Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited.


anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb.

6 Responses to Shattered dream

  1. Lisa Yarde
    Lisa Yarde June 21, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Wish him a speedy recovery

    Reply
  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock June 21, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Here in Philly,we have a doctor name dr.Boothe,that would fix you up an have you running in a short while.

    Reply
  3. curiousastheyget June 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Just a question, is there no specialist available at the QEH where the cost for this surgery can be either absorbed or even at least is the cost of what the charity is willing to donate

    Reply
  4. miche June 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    The lad was at school,,,he wasn’t playing..he was standing and talking,,,where is the school in all this,,,where is the ministry in all this ,,,where is the other child’s.parent in all this?why should an unemployed parent,be asked to foot this bill,, we need to get this right,,,,she is paying for another boys’ mistake

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    • Coralita June 22, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Very relevant questions. Let’s wait for some answers.

      Reply
  5. ch June 23, 2016 at 2:21 am

    I can’t believe this woman is sitting on her — waiting for more handouts after such generosity from the Trust.
    She is not disabled and her back injury cannot prevent her from making some kind of effort. She may not be able to do all but she has done absolutely nothing.
    There are many who are worse off who try to help themselves and her son deserves for her to stop whining and start doing.
    That will encourage a more positive public response.

    Reply

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