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After a harrowing two-month stay at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital for burns covering half
his body, T&T and Toronto cultural icon Louis Mc
Williams, lecturer at the Department of Creative
and Festival Arts (DCFA) at the University of the
West Indies, is back home and healing.
Mc Williams endured a near-death ordeal at home
on February 16, when his house caught fire, trapping
him inside. He had no choice but to run through the
flames, sustaining burns to 50 per cent of his face
and body in the process.
Mc Williams yesterday told the Guardian he was
not ready to talk about the traumatic incident but
was planning to have a thanksgiving service in two
months when he may tell about the experience.
"One has to continually give thanks (to God)," he
said, when asked if the ordeal drew him closer to
God. "I was close to God before it happened."
Jessel Murray, head of the DCFA, in an earlier inter-
view while Mc Williams was at the hospital, said the
lecturer spent 40 days in a comatose state at the
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital after the
After "some very dark days," similar to a period
of mourning for friends, students and relatives, Mc
Williams made it out of the coma and was moved
to another institution for rehabilitative therapy, Murray
"He is making tremendous strides in his recovery,"
"It was almost like a mourning period. That s how
bad it was. He is a much beloved lecturer and the
students are delighted at his recovery," he stated.
Concerned friends in Toronto, on April 9, issued
a release announcing an urgent fundraiser for Mc
Williams recovery. Caribbean artistes in Toronto
staged a concert at the Church of Nativity Hall.
The release described Mc Williams incident this
way, "Tragedy struck with an accident that took
place on Saturday February 16, 2013.
"There was an explosion of a power washer in
Louis yard involving two workmen. One attempted
to pour gas into the tank while it was running.
"This caused an explosion which set the house on
fire, trapping the unsuspecting Mc Williams inside.
"He had no other choice in saving his life but to
run through the fire. In the process, he sustained
burns to more than 50 per cent of his body, face and
The release said Mc Williams was eventually trans-
ferred from the ICU at the hospital to Ward 43, a
general ward with no specialist treatment for burn
"Therapy is done once daily but, in his condition,
he should receive therapy more frequently.
"His doctor recommends he should be transferred
to a private hospital, preferably West Shore Medical,
where, he would receive specialist care and receive
therapy at least twice a day.
"West Shore s fees are approximately TT$1,100
per night and his recovery time will be approximately
"We know his insurance will meet a portion of
the costs and his sister is endeavouring to ascertain
exactly what percentage that will be.
"It goes without saying that long-term medical
treatment, rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery
are all on the horizon for Louis."
The release said a call to action from Louis family
and friends was rippling through the city of Toron-
Participants stay close together at the candlelight vigil hosted by the Voice
of Lupus Foundation to observe World Lupus Day at Woodford Square, Port-
of-Spain on Friday. Celebration of Light and Life was the theme of the vigil.
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
CELEBRATING LIGHT AND LIFE
Louis Mc Williams
After near-death experience
Mc Williams back
• Louis Mc Williams holds a Master of Arts
degree from York University, Toronto and is co-
ordinator of the Theatre Arts Unit and lecturer
in theatre arts and dance at the Department of
Creative and Festival Arts, UWI.
• In 2009, he directed the first theatrical
production, Dance Me Lover at the National
Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA).
• At UWI, he directed and co-directed
numerous productions including March To
Caroni, Fragments, Bitter Cassava, View from
Belmont, Man Better Man and Guinea's Other
• Other directing credits include Sing De
Chorus, Ah Wanna Fall, Ten to One, No Ticket
and The Dragon Can't Dance. He has directed
more than 50 productions in T&T including a
trilogy written by Rawle Gibbons.
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