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Feb 4, 2014

B.D.F. Soldier, Cpl. Norman Rodriguez, in need of medical assistance

In 2007, B.D.F. Corporal Norman Rodriguez was diagnosed with a condition called arterio-venous malformation on the brain. It’s not a tumor, but it is something like a growth…an abnormal connection between arteries and veins. Rodriguez allegedly received some medical assessment and treatment in Belize, but his condition has deteriorated to the point where he cannot work, and if the malformation ruptures, he will die. The only option left is surgery, and that specific procedure can only be done abroad. That brings up another challenge – the B.D.F. does not have the funds readily available to pay for it, and so Rodriguez has remained in limbo, so to speak, increasingly concerned that he will die. The soldier visited our studios to take his frustration and plea for assistance public. He preferred to not show his face, but the distress is his voice is clear.


Voice of: Cpl. Norman Rodriguez, Needs Brain Surgery

“I have been diagnosed with arterio-venous malformation of the brain, and for two years plus the B.D.F. has not been helping me. I signed a contract in the name of her majesty the queen to defend the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belize from all enemies foreign and domestic, and as part of that contract all medical treatment is free…from the time you successfully enter the B.D.F., all medical treatment is free, but they have been pushing me around, giving me the runaround and up to today no treatment is forthcoming. In 2011, I went to take another CT-scan at Medical Associates and they diagnosed me again with the same malformation and they say it’s getting bigger and its crossing over to the other side of the brain.”


Duane Moody

“Has it impaired any of your regular functions?”


Voice of: Cpl. Norman Rodriguez

“Yes I get numbness on half of my body…exact half, my right half and I get seizures. I get migraines that bring me down to my knees…make a big man cry. I want mek they just honor the contract…the contract signed in the name of her majesty the queen…mek they honor the contract. I signed a contract that all medical assistance is free. If they can’t help me then let them just give me the medical benefits I’m entitled to. I can’t work anymore. Let them give me whatever they have for me so I can go home and dead.  I’m not scared to die. If I was afraid of dying I wouldn’t have joined the military. But I just want to appeal to their conscience if they have any conscience, if they have any common decency left in them. I want to appeal to the Minister of National Security, the C.E.O., the Prime Minister to let them look after me. I served my country thirteen years. I was never a camp soldier. I was always out on the front lines when things were happening.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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6 Responses for “B.D.F. Soldier, Cpl. Norman Rodriguez, in need of medical assistance”

  1. alberto lagos says:

    Really, it is a shame that people that gives all serving the country at end they are not recognized.But remember what happened with disgraceful Penner ,he went abroad immediatelly,he cannot take the pressure knowing that he wont be raping the country assets no more.However this BELIZEAN that had serving the country with HONOR VALOR AND RESPECT, IS IGNORED.please GOD help us.

  2. al says:

    It really is a disgrace. No political affiliation, no goddamn help. If the guy dies then he will have big funeral and all BDF and gun salutes and all that bullshit. Give the man his health. What message are they passing on to the other soldiers? All these soldiers should demand that they extend all necessary help to their comrade in arms. They would be benefitting themselves down the road too.

  3. Soldiergal says:

    Very sad to hear about the soldier. Also I taught the motto was shoulder to shoulder we stand.

  4. Alison says:

    This is the time that the BDF dive into the big-fat “Benovolent Funds” that are been accumulated over the years. Shame on them.

  5. LOL says:

    Thank for your service to help protect Belize. May God bless with good health.

    DISTASTEFUL government. Help your people, this soldiers deserves the help!

  6. rudy says:

    it’s a shame the BDF can’t the money to send this military man to the states ,where is the goddam money, i know they have the money to get this guy treated they don’t want to . typical Belizean everyman for himself … oh well one guy death no wah hurt we dah weh deh top guys di seh until eh happen to them or their family …. Karma is mother f@@ker….. power to the people..stay strong my Belizean people the shit soon hit the fan….

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