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Jan 8, 2016

Patrick Grant Gets a New Lease on Life

The elderly resident of Fern Lane in Belize City, Patrick Grant was left comatose for days after a home invasion on December twenty-seventh. Grant has miraculously recovered and is back home where he’s settling back into his daily routine and from the looks of it, Grant has a new lease on life. Today, he was doing what he likes best, which according to him is with the Grace of God. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


[Patrick Grant Leading Prayer]

“Oh loving, heavenly Father I call upon your presence to give you all the praise the glory and to thank you.  Thank you for bringing us to this, another day.  Thank you for all that you have given us and the care that you have given us.  Continue to bless us, fill our needs according to your desire and I pray that the Holy Spirit comes upon us and guides us, comforts us and leads us.  I ask all this in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior.”


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The power of prayer, a personal fulfillment that comes with age and faith, is the anchor that has kept ninety-three-year-old Patrick Grant spiritually grounded since turning to God almost four decades ago.   The elderly patriarch, up until now, has lived alone in this humble abode for a number of years, passing time reading scriptures and pensively devoting himself to the Word.


Patrick Grant, Survivor, Home Invasion

“I’m a Christian, what they call a born-again Christian.  I’m a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen International.”


Patrick Grant

As a fellow in the local chapter, Grant, by God’s grace, has been able to connect people with opportunities to reach out and help others find a better life and work together to build better communities.  When not evangelizing or deep in thought from his perch, the senior citizen is often busy trimming his lawn.


Patrick Grant

“I’ve been using a weed eater here in Belize City around the King’s Park area for ten long years then I got frustrated.  I said the grass was greener in America.  I went to Phoenix, Arizona and there I took up landscaping and I did that for sixteen long years.”


It’s a job that he certainly took seriously.  Even in retirement, in his golden age quite honestly, Grant’s hobby is keeping his yard pristine.  On the morning of December twenty-seventh, while at home resting, the unthinkable occurred.  He was brutally attacked and left for dead.


Chester Noralez

Patrick Grant

“In my words, it was rather frustrating because I was just sitting down right by the door and these three guys come up and they said, “Mrs. Diaz sent us to prepare you for the hospital.”  Well I didn’t argue because then she always does things like that.  Then the Spanish [Hispanic man] held me by the hand and said, “come in.”  And he put me to sit down on the bed I had there on the right hand side and he said, “if you do as I say, you wahn have much but if you don’t, I have many of these to give you.”  And he boxed me right across here.  I didn’t know much from there.”


The old man had been viciously assaulted, his belongings, including a cherished weed eater, were also stolen.  Grant would remain in a coma for several days, the left side of his face swollen and discolored from the injury he sustained during the invasion.  The unfortunate incident highlights the plight of the elderly in Belize.


Ivorine Bulwer

Ivorine Bulwer, Exec. Dir., Helpage Belize [File: December 29th, 2015]

“Those persons, if they wanted to steal anything, they could have taken those items, but at the same time, the callousness, the inhumane.  When you observe that gentleman…looking at the head injuries.  It is saddening and hence we have to say something.  But at the same time, we are looking at other incidents.  We saw last year, two incidences – one in Corozal and another in Hopkins.  And we are awaiting updates.  And thus we are calling for our officials who investigate crimes, who are involved in criminal investigations to look at prosecuting these people, updating us as to what is happening.  And at the same time, we need to look at legislative measures that are in place to prevent, to eradicate, to punish incidents of abuse and violence.”


In the wake of the near-fatal home invasion, Grant’s neighbor, Chester Noralez, was arrested and charged for a string of offences related to the incident.  He remains incarcerated at the Belize Central Prison.


The nonagenarian, on the other hand, has been recovering speedily.


Gilda Diaz

Gilda Diaz, Daughter of Patrick Grant

“I’m so glad to see him standing up.  It’s like his dream come through.”


Meanwhile, appropriate safety measures have now been put in place to ensure Grant’s wellbeing.


Patrick Grant

“I was warned about this by my pastor and Mr. Meliton Auil that this not good for me, it‘s dangerous.  I shouldn’t be living there alone.”


It may seem a bit like practicing after a race, nonetheless, things are falling back into place.  Grant has received a brand new weed eater.  Interestingly, the experience for him was like reliving his childhood. He was more than enthused about trying out his new toy.


Patrick Grant

“This one, I don’t know, [I guess it] is because of the modernizing, you know, everything is moving but this is the greatest that I have ever been.”


Gilda Diaz

“His weed whacker is the best of the best he says he has ever had, ever gotten, ever will appreciate.  And although it might take him long, very long, three days to do one yard now, he says, but it’s something in him [that] he wants to do and he is going to be able to do it.”


While learning how to operate his new weed eater will require great patience and effort, Grant has long since mastered the power of forgiveness.  Without hesitation, the victim has absolved his attacker, leaving the rest in the hands of God.


Patrick Grant

“These guys that hurt me and took away my belongings, you know what I said, “Lord have mercy upon them.”  Yes.  And if they were to come to me and they placed me as a judge, I’d say repent and do this no more.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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2 Responses for “Patrick Grant Gets a New Lease on Life”

  1. André Lopez, JP says:

    God Bless you Mr. Patrick Grant, and may you stay healthy until you have long past 100 years.

  2. CEO says:

    When did we as a people became so heartless!

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