Sheer trauma

Brothers ask why burn victim was not flown abroad for treatment

The family of Jamar Scott will forever be haunted by the fact that the 30-year-old burn victim never made it to a burn trauma and treatment centre abroad for medical care.

Scott died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) last Saturday, nine days after receiving burns to 90 per cent of his body while on the job on August 25.

Jamar Scott’s fraternal twin brother Jamel Scott (left) and older sibling Damien.
Jamar Scott’s fraternal twin brother Jamel Scott (left) and older sibling Damien.

Doctors had given the Lot 34 Lead Vale, Christ Church man a ten per cent chance of survival, and by Saturday they had said there was nothing else they could do for him.

However, Scott’s fraternal twin Jamel and his elder brother Damien contended that the late Purity Bakeries maintenance worker should have been airlifted to either Florida or Columbia for treatment soon after the mishap.

And they pointed fingers at an insurance company, which they said they could not name for legal reasons.

The brothers told Barbados TODAY Monday morning that last Friday morning they had a meeting with the insurance company and other relevant authorities and documents were being prepared to airlift Scott to Columbia, but by Friday evening they had been told the plan was off.

They also disclosed that initial arrangements to have their brother sent to Florida were also called off.

“Them say he going to Florida and everything secured, and then after that them say he going to Columbia because Florida too expensive. Then we went to a meeting [on Friday] and them say everything set for Columbia and everything gone through.

“Then them call back the [Friday] evening and say Columbia refuse the situation and that Florida accept, so that mean Florida never accept from the beginning,” an upset Damien said.

“Them keep prolonging and prolonging. Them keep my brother in hospital like a dog for nine days. Them people ain’t help,” he added.

Meanwhile, Jamel said that his bags had been packed since last Monday to accompany his brother abroad. Now he is seeking answers as to why the arrangements fell through.

Jamar Scott died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday after receiving burns to 90 per cent of his body while on the job at Purity Bakeries on August 25.

“Since early in the week he was supposed to be leaving. I signed documents; I had to give his passport information and other information. I don’t know what happened.

“There is no way you should spend nine days in hospital in that condition. I would have been happier or a little more satisfied if he had gotten out the country on time and they tried what they had to try over there and he pass away,” Jamel said, shaking his head in disbelief.

Still trying to come to grips with the development over the last nine days, Jamel said he also had to come to terms with having to raise his dead brother’s son, Jamari, who turned seven Monday.

Jamel said his twin brother, who underwent two surgeries while hospitalized here, had asked him to take good care of the boy and he intended to do just that.

“The last time I spoke to him was the Friday after the day this thing happened and all he kept asking me is to take care of Jamari. They were pushing him into surgery and he was heavily sedated, actually that’s the last time he was conscious,” Jamel recalled.

The siblings said the former Parkinson Memorial School student was a respectful young man who worked hard for what he wanted to accomplish in life.

Jamel said his brother went beyond the call of duty, worked overtime and even stayed on when other employees called in sick or late.

“Everybody just shocked right now. Anybody you talk to would tell you that they are shocked. But he asked me to do something and I will do it. I will take care of Jamari as though he was mine.”   

The family members said they were awaiting the arrival of relatives from overseas before they plan Jamar’s funeral.

15 Responses to Sheer trauma

  1. michael parker September 6, 2016 at 4:19 am

    i don,t know barbadian law but purity bakeries should be responsible for the safety of workers whether they are in thier employ, or contractors on thier site,ie they should have covered the cost of tansfer to florida or columbia. the company should have adequate insurance to cover such events.

  2. melly September 6, 2016 at 5:16 am

    This is sad . We work for these companies but they don’t care for us , they care about getting the job done. I hope the company is paying for the funeral. RIP

  3. harry turnover September 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

    The man got injured ON THE JOB….therefore it is the COMPANYS’ RESPONSIBILITY……sheer NEGLIGENCE PURITY BAKERIES !
    You didn’t want to spend ‘ chicken feed ‘ to airlift him …now ya gine have to fork out THOUSANDS MORE

  4. Rictoria forde September 6, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Rip Jamar such a kind soul my heart bleeds to see such a person gone only the lord knows how ur mom feels this is pain… Knowing this guy tru a friend of mine from school Going by he asks how u Etc purity should of cover the expenses to airlift this guy he was hurt on the job which the company is responsible for any expensive some one should look into to this because they could of save this boy life. But they choose not I hope they get sued by the family because it just int right talking bout it to expensive good lord.t

  5. randy September 6, 2016 at 6:34 am

    it’s sad to see barry lost his life like that, this hospital in barbados knew they are not equip to handle burn victims over a certain degree so y waste time in gettin him overseas, they need to b plans in place for this type of accidents, that means unless u are rich in bdos prepare to die if u get burnt over a certain degree, plain an simple

  6. Harry September 6, 2016 at 6:59 am

    While its the responsibility of the Company to provide a safe work place – the worker also has responsibility to ensure that they follow safety procedures, refueling any motor when it is working is a dangerous practice as gas fumes are very explosive.

  7. Smiley September 6, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Sad indeed condolences to the family and friends.Support for the son from Purity and get a lawyer fast. Don’t handle it by yourself grief and comman sense don’t mix. This will need proper justice for the child who is left behind and I hope that the money is put in a fund for his support and not given to family members to waste on themselves.

  8. Mike September 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Is there any legal grounds to sue the insurance company. We in Barbados have to start pursuing legal action more and stop this nonsense from continuing. I am also sceptical about the legal feternity which all are in bed together and poor black people in Barbados don’t get anywhere. Something serious have to be done to address these societal demons amound us.

    • Donild Trimp September 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Mike, your question: “Is there any legal grounds to sue the insurance company.”

      You answered it here: “I am also sceptical about the legal feternity which all are in bed together and poor black people in Barbados don’t get anywhere.”

      Remember that Nurse who was injured while on duty at the QEW over 3o years ago and is still waiting in pain and agony for closure to agony?

      Remember the policeman Lucky who injured his knee while on duty at the CRO?

      This is Barbados and I will bet that 30 years from now this matter will still be pending.

  9. Sunil Brome September 6, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Florida was too expensive???? Is there a cap by insurance on the cost to save a life now? This needs to be pursued legally if the facts are as stated.

  10. Upset family member September 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Harry, please note that the employer first has a responsibility to ensure that its employees are first trained (I speak on this as I am a middle manager who deals daily with Health & Safety). If he was not, which as a family member I can say he was not, then the company is at fault. Jamar had a responsibility if trained to follow the rules. He was not trained. Also, regardless of how it occurred what made things worst was the delay in having him sent away for medical treatment. Everyday my hopes rose as I heard he was leaving today, then for them to be dashed to hear no tomorrow. All because of cost. So cost cost Jamar his life and left his son without a father. QEH stated that they were not equipped to handle the situation and he needed specialised treatment, the insurance company put $ before irreplaceable life.

  11. Davinia September 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Mike, alas the legal fraternity in Barbados are capable of shafting their own because it lines their pockets, not the average man’s. They rely on the fact that the common man in Barbados knows no better than what they are being told.

  12. forever young September 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    This is so sad so sad. To know that u never no what will happen when u leave your house in the morning u just never get back home. Give God thanks every moment. This is not easy at all for any family member to go true. Purity should be sued and I hope the relative take this to the end.

  13. Cicelia Harte September 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Fellow citizens it’s the insurance call. They decide where you going, if they can cover the expenses, if it’s too expensive to fly you or if they will bring the docs here to treat you. Had the same problems with my son only to recently the same young man that passed overseas with the brain tumor. Got turn around from everyone in Barbados. So i feel your pain and i kno exactly what you going through.

  14. ScorpioWeb September 7, 2016 at 4:57 am

    It is fear I always have with health insurance companies, whether they will spend a couple hundred thousand on me or let me expire, a much cheaper option. Everything is the bottom line and poor people always get the dirty end..

    Suspect health care people and insurers have incentive to collude, after all, who is paying them?


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