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Apr 30, 2007

3 year old loses fight with leukaemia

Story PictureSeven months after Steven “the Seaweed Man” Hemsley made a tearful plea for help for his three year old son who needed leukaemia treatments, tonight we regret to announce that on Friday night the child died. Malecai Hemsley died in his father’s arms after being rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Hemsley was devoted to his ailing son and is devastated by the loss. This afternoon the dad says he would like to work with other young cancer patients to give them a fighting a chance.

Steven Hemsley, Father
“During the course of the sickness it was so hard because they couldn’t find like a cure, they could only stable it and even though they stable it, he still did not get any better right. It just kept him alive like more or less fi live lee bit longer you got to find the medicine to go with the case.”

Jacqueline Godwin
“Steven I understand that when Malecai was brought back to Belize he was put on a treatment to deal with the leukaemia that he was suffering from, what happened on Friday?”

Steven Hemsley
“Friday we were at home sitting down during the day just talking and hanging out, just the normal way, and in the night between five and six we drank a little Milo that they said fi give him and we sit down there watching TV and later on in the night like bout round ten-thirty he start vomit, he start to pass a little blood and all he ask for is water, water and then while giving him that he clam down and the next minute he start to miss breathe so I get up and by the time I rush him to the hospital he passed away, he died in my arms.”

“I just want to say thanks to everybody who helped me, thanks to Mr. Fabro with the glass place, he helped me very well. Thanks to the doctors, the nurses at the hospital, I thank them for their time and the patience that they went through with me and thanks to everybody else and I want to say, to me, I will try my best to see that something done bout the leukaemia cases in Belize towards the children them because I know it is not only me. I saw a little girl that met Malecai on the bus come up to me and ask me if Malecai died and when I tell her she start to cry. She have a case similar to that you know so I dah wish our government and people, anybody out here could step up and mek we try open a leukaemia centre at the Belize hospital so we could instead of have to find money to go across to another country to support a sickness when we could maybe find money here to teach the people them to do such things for our children.”

Three year old Malecai will be laid to rest next week Wednesday on the family’s farm in St. Matthews Village.

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