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Oct 21, 2016

Family of Bus Driver Pleas for Funds to Get Him Life-Saving Heart Surgery

Tyron Coleman

Tonight, a family from Punta Gorda is asking the public for assistance to save the life of popular James Bus Line driver, Tyron Coleman. According to Lovinia Coleman, and her sister Dorla Williams, her husband was diagnosed with multi-vessel coronary artery disease. Forty-four year old Tyron is currently in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and is in need of an open heart surgery. The life-saving procedure cannot be done locally and the old career driver has to be airlifted to Health City Hospital in Grand Cayman for the surgery. With support from Yvette Burks from BERT, the family was able to get in contact with the cardiologist on Cayman, but the cost is eighty thousand U.S. dollars for the transportation and medical procedure to save Tyron’s life. This afternoon, News Five spoke with his sister-in-law and wife about the sensitive case.


Lovinia Coleman

Lovinia Coleman, Wife

“He’s been suffering for a couple of months now with severe pains in his chest and the doctors couldn’t find what was happening to him like five months now. And they were treating him for gas and we went to Chetumal two to three weeks ago and they found out that his heart is already critical. When we came in from Chetumal, they told us to try and get him to get a surgery within seven days. We didn’t have the cash to do it. So last week Friday we did the anthrogram and that’s when they found out the worse—that he has to take an open heart surgery. From then, we are asking, begging and asking for help up to now and now he is already far gone. He is in K.H.M.H. right now. We need to get him out of the country to do the very urgent surgery for his life. If he don’t…he had to leave today…(crying)”


Dorla Williams

Dorla Williams, Sister-in-Law

“He’s really in need of an open heart surgery; it is a sensitive surgery. I’ve been in contact with the doctors from Health City Hospital in Grand Cayman. We are trying to get him to get to Grand Cayman; that’s the only option that we have right now and it is the cheapest option. We’ve been dialoging all day through emails. They have already given us the cost; we need eighty thousand dollars U.S. He should have been there today; he needs that surgery today…they are waiting on us, but we don’t have the money to get him to Grand Cayman.”


Since his diagnosis, the family has been doing fundraisers to garner the monies for the life-saving procedure.  But if you would like to assist, you can make deposits to Scotia Bank account 1902322; Belize Bank account, 5514 PG Branch and Atlantic Bank account 211-49-7904. The family can be contacted at 633-3436 and 633-4772 or 601-6229.

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