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May 4, 2016

Refused Medical Attention – Gunshot Victim Succumbs

Troy Cole

The murder count went up by another two in the past twelve hours but since Saturday, a total of seven persons have been brutally murdered in the Belize and Cayo districts. This morning just after nine, a shooting ended in murder on the south side. Troy Cole was shot twice as he rode his bicycle on Gibnut Street. He managed to flee from the gunman and headed to an NHI provider. He was not allowed inside the hospital and taken to the K.H.M.H. where he succumbed. The motive for the shooting is under investigation. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Refused emergency medical attention and then left to bleed out at the entrance of Belize Integral Health Center; those are the very real circumstances which may have led to the death of Troy Treston Cole.  The twenty-six-year-old resident of Curassow Street was riding his bicycle along Gibnut Street towards his home when he was waylaid by a lone assailant.  A succession of gunshots ensued.


Melanie Parham, Aunt of Deceased

“Dis mawnin’ about nine o’clock, I gwein outside go buy food da di Chiney, you know, I gwein purchase food.  But he past me di seh he gwein round di lane, yoh undastand, and minutes afta I hyah gunshot but I neva know da mi he ‘til everybody di run back and then wahn bwai yell out da Troy get shot, yoh undastand.  And when we di run, he di run go eena hospital.  And den when I run by di hospital da because dehn di shub he outta di hospital, di NHI.  Dehn di push he out.”


Notwithstanding the shower of bullets fired in his direction, Cole had been hit twice in the torso.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that an unnamed person is being actively sought in connection with the deadly shooting.


Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Eastern Division

“Information was received of a shooting on Gibnut Street.  Police responded to the area and one Troy Cole of Curassow Street was found with gunshot wounds.  He was transferred to the K.H.M.H. and he later succumbed to his injuries at 11:00 a.m. this morning.  We are currently looking for a person of interest.”


That individual, it is believed, had been lurking in the vicinity, waiting for a chance to pounce on his unsuspecting target.  Upon seeing Troy riding up the street, the killer made his move.


ACP Chester Williams

“He was ambushed by the gunman who, there was a struggle between the two of them because the gun initially snapped and subsequently the gunman took control and inflicted the injuries to him which subsequently led to his death.”


Chester Williams

Prior to his demise however, Cole did what seemingly came natural to him.  With a healthcare provider in the immediate area of the shooting, the injured man ran for help at the BHPL branch but was shunned instead.


Melanie Parham

“All weh he di bawl fa and da he wahn help, you know.  And then we di ask who shot ahn and he di talk, you know, but di hospital people dehn dehn di shub ahn out.  Soh now we di ask fi taxi and help and ting, nobody noh wahn help until police cohn round.  But police mi is deh pan di scene while he di get shot, yoh know.  Police mi is deh pan di scene.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now when he was referred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, when you guys rushed him there what was his composure, if I may?  Was he talking to you?  Where did he stand at that point in time?”


Melanie Parham

“Yeah, he mi di talk because he yell to dehn bwai weh mi di hold ahn dat ih straight, you know, and he da like, ih wahn wata because ih thirsty.”


That would be the last they’d see or hear from him, as he would later succumb to his injuries at the K.H.M.H.  His murder however, is mired in controversy.


ACP Chester Williams

“After the shooting took place, Mr. Cole ran to Universal hospital which is right nearby and when he went to the hospital he was refused medical treatment at that hospital.  He was put out and the door was locked on him.  He was left outside to bleed until the police vehicle arrived and took him to the hospital.  That is unprofessional of a medical institution.  Doctors and medical institutions have a legal obligation to treat injured persons who they come into contact with and I have said to the administrator of the hospital that I am going to write them about what took place today because it is a shame.  It ought not to have happened.  The least they could have done was to stabilize the patient and then transport him to the K.H.M.H.   But to refuse him medical treatment and put him outside and lock the door was unprofessional and it cannot be tolerated, especially in a place like Belize where at the end of the day the government would have still footed the bill.”


Reporting for News Five I am Isani Cayetano.

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2 Responses for “Refused Medical Attention – Gunshot Victim Succumbs”

  1. Sherlette gentle says:

    It’s a damn disgrace. No matter how he lived his life, they took an oath to serve the public, and they broke it. If they can’t handle it, find another job. They became judge,jury and executioner in one swoop. Whatever financial aid they are getting, should be taken away period.

  2. MD says:

    Mr Chester: No medical personnel has legal/ethical/moral obligation to attend to anyone if their own personal safety is compromised or threatened. This shooting took place place on the same street as the Medical provider and for whatever reason they felt threatened. Medical personnel are not trained to deal with volatile situations unlike Police officers. Maybe you should be looking into the reasons why individuals feel that they can execute people in broad daylight. Perhaps you are not doing your job, and you are certainly being unprofessional in pointing fingers and assigning blame without a proper investigation.

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