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Dec 4, 2002

P.G. shooting victim remains paralyzed

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On October eleventh, thirteen year old Rodney Borland was shot in the back during an attempted robbery at his family’s store in Punta Gorda. Ten days later, the critically wounded teen was air ambulanced to Guatemala to receive surgery on his spine and to remove a tube from his throat that helped him breathe. This morning, News 5′s Jacqueline Woods spoke with Rodney’s mother, Elizabeth Borland, by telephone at her home in P.G.. Borland says the family returned to the country on Sunday after doctors in Guatemala were unable to operate on Rodney due to the fragility of his health. Borland says that although it has been difficult to accept, the family is trying to cope with the reality that–for now at least–her son will remain partially paralyzed.

Elizabeth Borland, Via Telephone from P.G.

“The operation that they wanted to do on the spine that would have helped the spine to stabilize, they said that it had already stabilized on its own. And then they wanted to do an operation on his throat to try get back his voice and let him breathe through his nose, but right now he is in a very weak condition because he had an internal bleeding. So the doctors did not want to put him to sleep, they were scared that maybe he would not wake up, so they ask us to try and build up Rodney and then we could take him back maybe in a month or two to do an operation.”

Jacqueline Woods

“So presently Rodney is unable to talk?”

Elizabeth Borland

“He can only whisper and like you watch his mouth and understand what he is saying, but no voice.”

Jacqueline Woods

“Now, I understand that someone needs to be around Rodney twenty-four hours a day?”

Elizabeth Borland

“All day and night; because of the hole in the throat where they have the tracheotomy. Like a cold steady comes up in the throat through where he is breathing, and whenever that cold comes up he can stifle, so you have to clear it with a machine.”

Borland says one of her son’s wishes this Christmas is to be able to take his P.S.E. in June. To help Rodney complete his studies at home, the family is appealing to anyone who can help by donating a computer. If you would like to assist the Borlands in anyway possible, please contact Elizabeth Borland at telephone number 722-2920.

Meanwhile, the three young men arrested for the crime are awaiting trial. Seventeen year old Kennedy O’Campus has been charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Sixteen year old Gary Pratt has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, while seventeen year old Dennis Trapp has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Trapp is out on bail, while O’Campus and Pratt have been remanded to Hattieville Prison. The trio will reappear in Magistrate’s Court on December thirty-first.

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1 Response for “P.G. shooting victim remains paralyzed”

  1. Rodney Borland says:

    I wasn’t shot in the back, I was shot in the right side of my chest.

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