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Jul 7, 2008

Grenade survivor struggling with mounting bills

Story PictureThe grenade attack on Mayflower Street in May shook Belize City residents as the level of gang violence spun further out of control. Tonight one survivor told News Five how that incident has changed his life forever.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting
On May eighteenth, the lives of several persons on Mayflower Street were changed forever, when a grenade became the latest deadly weapon to seep its way onto the Urban Streets of Belize City. Teddy Reyes is one survivor who is still battling to keep alive and still vividly remembers the fateful night.

Teddy Reyes, Survived Grenade Attack
“Just a moment ih mi look like something like a rock just bounce ah di vehicle and we think da wah rock so di young bwai weh dead he gone and kick di rock cause we think dah wah rock and wen he just kick di rock da right deh ih just explode. Afta dat everything just … dah just like wah bloody scene. We just si people di crawl pan di ground and di bawl fi help and I gone unconscious so much time till I noh even know when I reach hospital and di doctor done give me up about two time.”

Though he survived the blast, the aftermath has left this twenty year old year old father, unable to walk or work. Starting with a bill one thousand five hundred dollar from the K.H.M.H. and the need for three surgeries mounting to an unaffordable cost of thirty thousand dollars, his health is now dependent on donations by viewers such as yourself.

Tracey Grant, Sister of Victim
“First of all from since my bredda get release from di hospital, we di have wah lot ah problems finding di money fi deal with ih complications and recently he neva mi di feel well and we had to ker ah dah Chetumal fi check ih situation and di doctors dehn seh dat how ih body is infected. So now we really di appeal to di public fi help because we need about two to three more operations. And wi di ask di Ministry of Health, anybody who could chip in, even if dah wah dollar you know. Because I really love my bredda and I noh want see ih go just like that. He have wah son fi live fah.”

Jose Sanchez
“How has your life changed since?”

Teddy Reyes
“My life changed a lot. My life change cause right now I can’t even move how I want. I noh even know if I wah could work back, walk back pan mi foot cause di doctor dah di place noh di seh nothing and dis whole inna mi chest di give me lot ah pain. Dehn noh di seh nothing bout me. And dat have me puzzled.”

Doctors in Chetumal has said that his bones are infected and could get worse. The family lives at 65 Amara Avenue and contributions can be made in person or deposited at Belize Bank Account 20037785. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.


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