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Apr 29, 1998

Dying man makes amazing recovery

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His story made national headlines earlier this year when his release from prison on pardon from the Belize Advisory Council appeared to have placed Burrell Boom resident Carlos Seguro at the mercy of the world. Frailed and barely able to help himself, prison authorities said Seguro had AIDS, and that their decision to seek his release on pardon was done in order that he might spend his last days with his family. But if they knew what we are about to report, the whole Carlos Seguro fiasco might never have happened in the first place.

Carlos Seguro, February, 1998

“Please man, if I stay like this, I am going to die. I feel it. I want to stay sitting up, I want to stay sitting up; please help me.”

When we last visited twenty seven year old Carlos Seguro at his home in Burrell Boom, he was naked, in pain and lying on a mattress inside a small shack at the back of his family’s residence. Today, it was a totally different person we met when we visited the village. According to the family of the young man, it has now been determined that Seguro was actually suffering from a severe case of malnutrition. Because of an outpouring support for Seguro and a great concern about his health, he was hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and discharged just a couple of months ago. For Seguro’s sister Valerie, who had the difficult task of caring for him, she is just plain happy that the nightmare is finally over.

Valerie Seguro, Sister

“Well we feel quite happy about him because he looks lot better and he gets strong on his feet – walking and doing his own thing. We don’t have to help him like first. He is doing his own thing now. He gained very good amount of weight, for true ’cause he looks good to the time of how he look like lone skin and bone. Now he get so fat and looks very good.”

As for Seguro himself, he is just happy to be alive and has been busy trying to repay in some small way, all the people who helped saved his life.

Carlos Seguro

“Just done do some work from this morning. From about nine this morning I start spread some sand, right, for the nurse who help me when I was in, I no know what I was in, something happen the back there so. I gonna help the nurse who help me, that da all what I gone do.”

J. W.

“You put on a lot of pounds.”

Carlos Seguro

“Yes man, I get bigger.”

Seguro is now looking for a job and anyone who would like to oblige, can get in touch with the family in Burrell Boom Village.

In case you’re wondering, Seguro’s pardon from the Belize Advisory Council cannot be revoked so unless he gets into trouble with the law again, going back to Hattieville is not something that should be on his list of worries.

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