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Noel Lochan, the young
Princes Town labourer afflicted
with a rare form of cancer, has
been readmitted to hospital.
And he is now begging Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Lochan, 27, of Mathilda Road,
Princes Town, was rushed to the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex on Tuesday after his face
and upper body began swelling.
He was discharged yesterday, but
said he had difficulty eating while
He said on Wednesday he
underwent a session of
chemotherapy and he had been
advised to return to the hospital
on June 13 for another round.
"I feel very weak right now and
I have constant pain," Lochan said.
He complained, however, that
the nurses showed him scorn and
were afraid to touch him due to
He again begged Persad-Bisses-
sar to send him abroad for treat-
Lochan said although he has
been undergoing chemotherapy
for the past few months, his con-
dition has not changed.
Based on a doctor's report,
Lochan suffers from non hodgkin's
lymphoma and cutaneous T-cell
lymphoma---an extremely rare
form of cancer which afflicts the
lymph glands causing tumour-like
boils to erupt on his skin.
Since his story was reported
exclusively in the T&T Guardian
on April 27, 2004, Lochan has
undergone a series of surgeries at
the San Fernando General Hospital.
However, six years ago, the boils
started growing back on his skin.
A team of international doctors
examined Lochan in 2006.
At the time, Dr Christopher
Lushington, director of Caribbean
Basin Area activities of Missions
International and a member of
Operation Rainbow, said doctors
could not determine what the
Initially, blood analysis and tissue
biopsies were inconclusive and fur-
ther tests using more advanced
medical equipment were done.
Lochan was later given antibiotics
and underwent a blood transfu-
sion. He said doctors at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital gave
him medication which reduced the
size of the boils.
Samples of his tissue were sent
abroad for a histology (study of
the tissue), following which Dr
Lushington said he saw a similar
case like Lochan's in Nigeria.
Contacted yesterday, Health
Minister Fuad Khan said he would
look into Lochan's case to see if
his doctors had recommended that
he be sent abroad.
"We cannot just send him
abroad. We need to find out what
is the best course of action.
"The specialist doctor should
write a letter identifying the insti-
tution he should be sent to and
we will look at the cost," Khan
He added that many people
believed foreign healthcare was the
best bet, but this was not always
Lochan's medication is costly,
but over the years he has been
receiving financial support from
good samaritans following his case.
Calls have been made to send
Lochan to an international hospital
for treatment, but his mother,
Cheryl, said they were too poor
and could not afford to pay his
• Anyone wanting to assist
Lochan can contact him at 399-
7146 or 779-0496.
A "PH" taxi driver accused of abducting and
indecently assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl has
been granted $75,000 bail.
Rikki Bridgelal, 40, of South Oropouche, appeared
before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington in
the San Fernando First Court on Wednesday.
He was not called upon to plead as the charges
were laid indictably.
It is alleged that on Tuesday, Bridgelal picked up
the girl in San Fernando and took her against her
will to Hermitage Village, La Romaine, where he
indecently assaulted her.
His attorney, Subhas Panday, asked for reasonable
bail, saying Bridgelal had no previous convictions or
pending matters. Panday said his wife and father
were also in court.
The matter was adjourned to June 10.
State attorneys appointed to pros-
ecute policeman Sherwin Le Gendre
who is charged with killing a Sea
Lots mother and her two daughters
in February, have asked for a short
adjournment so investigators could
obtain further information and
complete queries before a date is
set for the case.
The request came from attorney
Maria Lyons when she appeared
before Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar in the Port-of-Spain
Eighth Court on Wednesday.
Le Gendre, 37, who has 15 years'
service, is charged with three counts
of death by dangerous driving.
Haydee Paul, 28, and her daugh-
ters---Shakira, seven, and Akasha,
eight---were on their way home from
the Central Market on February 24
when a car driven by Le Gendre
reportedly mounted the pavement
and knocked down six people.
Paul and her daughters were killed
instantly while three others were
critically injured in the accident on
the west-bound lane of the Beetham
Abigail Assing, 31, Ryan Ramper-
sad, 20, and Amanda Lalla, 50, were
Le Gendre, of Bagna Trace, Chase
Village, Enterprise, was represented
by attorney Joseph Honore and was
accompanied to court yesterday by
Lyons told the court the prosecu-
tion had disclosed three post-mortem
reports in the names of the deceased,
three certificates of analysis in the
names of the deceased, a medical
report in the name of Amanda Lalla,
a motor vehicle inspection report, a
certificate of ownership, a medical
report in the name of Le Gendre, the
results of a breathalyser test, three
sketches and some photographs.
However, she added that further
information had been requested from
the investigator, hence her request
for an adjournment.
Ayers-Caesar adjourned the matter
to July 11 for mention.
$75,000 bail for
man accused of
Trial against cop
put off to July 11
Man with rare cancer back in hospital
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