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Jun 3, 2020

Harmony Young Undergoes Surgery

Harmony Young

Last week, we brought you the story of Harmony Young, a sixteen-year-old Belize City resident who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour back in March of this year. Her health condition deteriorated rapidly and she was in need or urgent medical care. Her aunt, who is her guardian, partnered up with the Belize Brain Awareness Society to raise funds and gather the requisite documents for Young to travel to Guatemala. But taking her via air ambulance was not possible and with her conditioned worsening, the surgery had to be undertaken in Belize. On Tuesday, Neurosurgeon, Doctor Javier Dupuy performed surgery on the teenager at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The young girl remains in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit as she recovers from what is considered to be a successful procedure. Sharmaine Augustus says that at this time, Harmony is in need of blood.


Sharmaine Augustu

Sharmaine Augustus, Aunt of Harmony Young

“She did her surgery yesterday; it was completed around minutes to four. So she came out. So far everything is well. She is currently in I.C.U., asleep still because the brain needs to rest so that she doesn’t have anything agitating her. So the swelling needs to go down and so forth.”


Hipolito Novelo

“However, she is in need of blood.”


Sharmaine Augustus

“Yes, she is in need of blood and prayers everybody, so please continue send your prayers and support. The family needs your support right now and blood. Any type of blood would do. Her blood type is actually B-positive, but any blood would do at this time.”


Hipolito Novelo

“How can someone help in donating blood to her?”


Sharmaine Augustus

“They go to the blood bank or at any hospital in the district where they are at. Just tell them that you are donating towards Harmony Young and what they will do is call into the blood bank in Belize City and we will pick up the slip from them. I am a believer in the Most High so I kept myself calm and my family calm as well and kept Harmony as positive as possible. She is also a believer. Her favourite thing is God is good and God is always good. So we just kept reminding her—and she prays often—we remind her to pray and just continue to pray. So for both of us, it was a smooth transition actually. She wasn’t scared; I walked her through every step in preparation for the surgery.”

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