Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 3rd 2014 Contents BOBIE-LEE DIXON
Becoming a radio
announcer was one of
Scott s career goals.
When she achieved this
in 2006, her aim was to energise
listeners every day on her mid-
morning programme on
Now, the mother of one hopes
the energy and good vibes she
shared with the listeners will be
reciprocated in the form of financial
support to help her fund emer-
gency eye surgery she needs
to save her sight.
"If I do not get this
surgery done soon, I
will go blind," she told
the T&T Guardian.
is also a Type-1 dia-
betic, found out two
months ago she had
diabetic retinal detach-
ment or diabetic
retinopathy in both
In July, while on hon-
eymoon in Miami,
something was strange
with her vision.
"I had a floater
in my left
that was extremely annoying and
was not going away. I visited a
pharmacist to find out if they had
any medication I could use for it
and they advised me to see an eye
doctor," she recalled.
On her return home, a visit to
an opthalmologist revealed the
medical condition. The specialist
advised immediate surgery was
required to salvage what was left
of her sight.
In disbelief, a 32-year-old
Mitchell-Scott sought a second
it only confirmed the first diagno-
sis.On the advice of the first doctor
to have the surgery done abroad,
she travelled back to Miami to seek
help from one of the most reputable
eye-care medical institutes in
Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Insti-
In the hands of Dr Justin
Townsend, assistant professor of
clinical opthalmology at the Uni-
versity of Miami Health System,
further tests were done and
Mitchell-Scott also received laser
eye surgery, which cost her
But that was just the beginning.
Mitchell-Scott has to do major sur-
gery to repair the detachment at
the cost of US$20,000; money she
doesn t have.
She said between now and Jan-
uary 10, she is trying to raise
TT$150,000 which can cover the
Shaking her head in despair,
Mitchell-Scott said: "My surgery
is scheduled for January 12, I have
to get that money or...I just don t
even want to say it."
She said the past year has been
very challenging for her health wise.
"Before I found out about my
eyes, I was hospitalised with kidney
problems. I was told by the doctors
the protein level in my urine was
very high and I was practically
operating with a quarter of the
function of my kidneys," she
She added, during her preg-
nancy ten years ago, she also
had a similar experience
when it was found pro-
tein was leaking into her
kidneys, resulting in
scarring. This is a
symptom of diabetes
which causes injury
to small blood ves-
sels including the
blood vessels in the
kidney. If this
develops into a pro-
disease, kidney fail-
ure can occur.
doctors also told
"I remained in hospital for about
nine days receiving treatment to
get my haemoglobin levels up, my
sugar level stable and I was also
placed on a strict diet to lessen my
protein intake," she said.
Mitchell-Scott also revealed hav-
ing diabetes led to two miscarriages
which left her emotionally wound-
"Now I have to deal with finding
so much money to save my sight.
I am just really overwhelmed. I
don t know what s next. I feel like
my life is escaping me bit by bit
and I have no control over it.
"I can t even get insurance cov-
erage because they will not insure
me with all these medical problems.
So everything is more or less an
out of pocket approach," Mitchell-
She is appealing to the public to
help her raise the money to get the
T&T Radio Networks, of which
96.1 WEFM is a part, has been
heavily advertising a "Smoke cue"
that is being held with Mr Chow s
Smoke House on Tragarete Road.
The DJs and presenters on the
TTRN stations (which also include
107.7 FM and 94.7 FM) have been
actively urging listeners to support
Tickets, which are available at
TTRN s Tragarete Rd offices, cost
$50 but Mitchell-Scott will only
receive half of the money from the
sale of each ticket.
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Help Kimberly save her sight
Kimberly Mitchell-Scott is also opening a bank account for public
donations. Those who wish to donate before the account
becomes active can do so by contacting 790-5369 and 798-9696
or the office of T&T Radio Network (TTRN) at 628-9696.
You can also visit Mitchell-Scott on Facebook or follow her on
More than 6.6 million peo-
ple attended events with
Pope Francis at the Vatican
from his election in March to
the end of 2013, figures re-
leased yesterday showed,
compared to 2.3 million for
former Pope Benedict in all
The Vatican said the fig-
ures were based on the num-
ber of tickets issued for
events where they are
needed, such as general au-
diences, masses and private
audiences. They were also
based on estimates of the
number of people at events
where tickets are not needed,
such as his weekly appear-
ance from a window over-
looking St Peter s Square.
The Vatican did not issue
comparative figures yester-
day but January 4, 2013 fig-
ures showed some 2.3 million
people attended all events
presided by Benedict in 2012.
Benedict, citing health rea-
sons, resigned on February
28, 2013, becoming the first
pope in 600 years to do so
rather than ruling for life.
Pope Francis drew three times more visitors to Vatican
Radio announcer Kimberly Mitchell-Scott desperately needs $150,000 to pay for surgery to
save her eyesight. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
What is retinal detachment?
Retinal detachment or diabetic retinopathy is retinopathy (damage
to the retina) caused by complications of diabetes, which can
eventually lead to blindness. It is an ocular manifestation of
diabetes, a systemic disease, which affects up to 80 per cent of all
patients who have had diabetes for ten years or more.
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