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A lucky escape for three men involved
in a dramatic accident yesterday in
Chaguanas was described as a Christmas
Day miracle by eyewitnesses.
The three were travelling in the cab of
a garbage truck on the northbound lane of
the Solomon Hochoy Highway, just after
the Chase Village flyover, around 2.30 pm,
when it skidded across the median and
ended up facing traffic on the southbound
Eyewitnesses said the truck careened
about 20 feet towards oncoming traffic
before the driver attempted to make a U-
turn, causing the vehicle to flip onto its
side. It ended up on the median.
The driver s arm remained pinned under
the cab and fire officers, who were on the
scene within minutes, used a crane to lift
the vehicle to free the injured man.
The accident prompted several people
to stop along the highway to witness the
Eyewitnesses said that a combination of
small miracles saved the lives of the three
men and that of unsuspecting drivers head-
ing south on the highway.
Eyewitnesses say one of the men cata-
pulted through the windscreen, while the
driver s arm was trapped under the vehicle.
Fire officers seemed unaffected as rain
began falling during their rescue mission.
Curious onlookers argued with police on
the scene, criticising their "lack of training"
in dealing with crash victims and eyewit-
Police at the scene say that the men
seemed "disoriented" and were unable to
Investigators on the scene credited the
light Christmas Day traffic on the highway
as the main reason no other vehicle was
involved in the accident.
This near miss comes even as the police
and road safety awareness group Arrive
Alive have both ramped up calls for more
road safety on the nation s roads.
The most recent road fatality count
stands at 143.
---See pages A6 and A11
Recovering brain surgery patient
Suzanne Harripersad had a special visitor,
yesterday, at the San Fernando General
While many were at home opening their
presents and sharing memories over tra-
ditional family meals, Harripersad, was
greeted by her brother, Randy, 29, who
wore a Santa Claus suit, and other members
of the family.
Just ten days ago, Suzanne, 32, of Sumani
Trace, Barrackpore, underwent a ten-hour
surgery to remove a tumour from her brain.
Yesterday, she thrilled her relatives by
walking from her bed to the corridor, with
some assistance, to pose for pictures.
Her mother, Indra Harripersad, said for
years Suzanne complained of migraine
headaches, but she had no idea she was
afflicted with a brain tumour.
"It hasn t been an easy thing," Indra said.
"She used to have headaches that would
last for half an hour at a time."
As the years went by, her family members
noticed Suzanne walked strangely, and
about two years ago her eyes began swelling
on a regular basis.
She was taken to an eye specialist, who
recommended prescription glasses.
But a visit from a relative who works in
a United States hospital may have saved
"A visiting cousin told her to get a head
scan because she (the cousin) has a medical
background and was suspecting it could
be a tumour."
However, nothing could prepare Indra
or her family for the results of the scan.
"They said she had a brain tumour and
she needed surgery," the mother of three
Yesterday, Suzanne s husband of two
years, Krishendath Persad, said he could
not be happier with the results of her sur-
He said the Santa visit idea came from
the family as a whole, which he said was
He said Suzanne loves to celebrate life,
adding there was no way the family could
be comfortable celebrating Christmas with-
out her, hence the large family visit.
On December 14, a team of neurosur-
geons, including Dr Jinting Lee, Dr Pedro
Nunez, Dr Emmanuel Adole, Dr Helen Bis-
soon, Dr Suresh Boodram and Dr Steve
Ramnarace operated on Suzanne.
The T&T Guardian spoke to Lee who
said Suzanne s tumour was the biggest he
had ever removed.
"The tumour was on the corner of the
cerebellum and her brain stem and it was
very huge," Lee said. "It had severely com-
pressed the brain stem and cerebellum."
Lee said because of the location of the
tumour, the surgeons had to be very pre-
He said medication was being used to
treat Suzanne, who will hopefully make a
Santa's surprise visit
to brain surgery patient
Suzanne Harripersad, centre, is accompanied by her mother, Indra Harripersad, and her
brother Randy, dressed as Santa, after they surprised her on Christmas Day at the San
Fernando General Hospital. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Nikita John kisses her son, Ishmael, at the Scarborough General Hospital, Tobago,
yesterday. She gave birth on Christmas Day. PHOTO: CASWELL GORDON
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