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A Sea Lots family received
their very own Christmas mir-
acle one day before the big day
as Ryan Rampersad, a victim of
the February 24 accident that
claimed three lives and injured
three people, returned home
after ten months.
Friends, neighbours and well-
wishers visited the home of Ram-
persad s grandmother Vero James,
where Ryan would be staying until
Rampersad waved at neigh-
bours, calling some by name, as
he moved his legs and arms, his
eyes wide and mouth open.
Ryan has come a long way from
being 98 per cent paralysed, with
only the ability to move his eyes,
Back then, doctors had told the
family nothing more could be
done for him.
When a T&T Guardian team
visited, Rampersad s mother Pearl
James stood near the gate of the
house, distributing gifts of toys
to neighbourhood children.
"Merry Christmas," Rampersad
said after saying acknowledging
the Guardian team.
Rampersad was brought home
from the St James Medical Com-
plex by his boss at his former job,
Caribbean Crane Operators, at
around 11 am on Christmas Eve.
While at home, Rampersad will
be cared for by his grandmother
Vero, who was trained by nurses
to continue his physiotherapy and
to administer his medication.
"I feel very good. I visited him
at the hospital every day and
I am so glad that he is home,"
Vero could not say whether or
not Rampersad would be visited
by his wife and two children. She
said she would have to call to see
if the children s mother would
bring them to visit him.
Vero asked for anybody willing
to assist or make donations to
Rampersad to contact her, as she
said some previous donations had
not reached him.
"I knew he would have been
home," Pearl, Rampersad s moth-
In a previous interview, Pearl,
who said she prayed every day,
said she had no doubt of her son s
"This is just the beginning,"
"He will soon be able to walk
into this house, instead of being
wheeled in. He will be as healthy
and as strong as before."
Asked how she was so certain
of Rampersad s full recovery, she
responded with three words:
"Faith in God."
Police Constable Sherwin Leg-
ere, a policeman for the past 15
years, is charged with three
offences of causing death by dan-
gerous driving to Haydee Paul and
her daughters, Akasha, eight and
The three were struck and killed
while walking along a pavement
on Beetham Highway, Port of
Spain, on the morning of February
Four children and two adults escaped serious
injury while one man was warded following an
accident near Gasparillo, off the Solomon Hochoy
Reports are shortly after 10 am, two vehicles were
proceeding south along the roadway when one collided
with the other forcing the driver of one car to crash
into the concrete utility post.
All the occupants of both vehicles were taken to
hospital, treated and discharged, except for one. The
identities of the victims were not released by the
Police are continuing the investigations.
Stephon Garcia, the 16-year-old who lost
his left leg to cancer almost a year ago, has
received the best Christmas gift he could
ask for, the promise of a prosthetic leg.
The Liv Movement donated the money
required for the leg, which was estimated at
$60,000. Stephon s mother was happy about
the generous donation.
"We re very excited, Stephon is excited to
finally get it on," Stephanie Garcia said, on
The T&T Guardian followed Stephon s
fundraising efforts, as his school s Interact
Club at Holy Cross College, Arima and the
Piarco Rotary Club raised $21,000 from a
fashion show in late November to help cover
the cost of the prosthesis. Now, Stephon could
have his prosthetic leg in the next two months,
as Liv has given the money in full.
"In two months he will have it on,"
His appointments with T&T Orthotics and
Prosthetics Ltd were successful and the meas-
urements were sent to Texas, USA, where the
mould would be made and sent back to
Trinidad by February.
She explained Stephon would still needed
a year of physical therapy, and the money
raised by the clubs would be used to pay those
bills. Trevor Ifill, president of the Piarco Rotary
Club, was delighted when he heard the news.
"This is a lovely Christmas gift. I am pleased,
I am grateful. We are extremely grateful."
Ifill said the club would be sure to make
time to formally express its gratitude to the
"We will show them our appreciation. God
bless them. They are giving new life to this
young man," he said.
He also commended the T&T Guardian for
continuously sharing Stephon s story, and
raising awareness about his needs.
Ryan returns home
Christmas miracle in Sea Lots
$60,000 donated for prosthetic leg
Best gift ever for Stephon
Pearl James caresses her son Ryan Rampersad at their home in Sea Lots on Tuesday. Rampersad, who was
paralysed as the result of a February 24 accident has made a miraculous recovery and has visited home for the
first time this Christmas to spend time with his family. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Fire officers in action as they removed the injured
from a car which wrapped around a concrete utility
pole near Gasparillo yesterday.
PHOTO: KHAMAL GEORGES
Five hurt in crash
FLASHBACK: Stephon Garcia all dressed
up to attend a friend's graduation
ceremony earlier this year.
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Stephon was diagnosed with cancer of his left
femur when he was 15 years old, and before he
could celebrate his 16th birthday, his leg had to be
amputated from his hip. He moves around on
crutches, and still does not have the all-clear from
doctors that he has overcome the osteosarcoma
(a cancerous bone tumour that usually develops in
teenagers). He regularly has CT and MRI scans at
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. The
Liv Movement supports people living with cancer
and creates awareness on how to survive,
according to its Facebook page.
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