Child’s recovery celebrated

It is always hard to hear when a
doctor tells a parent that his child has cancer.

But imagine the relief when parents
are told there is no need for cancer medication and that their child can go on
to live a normal life.

This was the case for the family of
seven-year-old Jasier McLean, a cancer survivor. To celebrate his continuing
recovery, family, friends and well-wishers got together recently at the Bodden
Town Church of God as a thank- you gesture.

Jasier was diagnosed with acute
lymblastic leukemia but thanks to the contributions of many who helped him get
the medical care he needed, “Jasier is like a normal child now, as he is on no
medication for cancer,” said his grandmother Theodora Ebanks.

Medical expenses are usually quite
steep when it comes to travelling back and forth to receive treatment in Miami,
and costs can sometimes exceed health insurance coverage.

In Jasier’s case, Ms Ebanks said
she had to fly with him to Miami in November for seven months of treatment at
the Baptist Health Clinic because the treatment for his condition could not be
provided in Cayman. This was followed by monthly visits for check-ups with his
physician, Dr. Daghastani, which were also expensive trips.

“It had become quite difficult for
me to afford airline and hotel accommodations every three months, which was
mandatory for me,” she said.  “I approached
the Cancer Society and thank the Lord they had no problem with assisting me and
soon after an evaluation, my application [for assistance] was processed. Not
only were they helpful, but they were efficient,” said Ms Ebanks.

“When I first approached the Cancer
Society, Ms Christine Sanders was very helpful,” she said. “Emma Hislop, Pat
Bain and Camilia and the volunteers made me feel that there was hope with their
warm and loving embrace. They provided the help with airline tickets and hotel
accommodation up until 22 June when Jasier had his medi-port removed.  A medi-port is a small medical appliance
installed beneath the skin through which drugs can be injected and blood
samples can be drawn many times.

In addition to the help received in
Cayman, Ms Ebanks said she also received assistance from the Children’s Cancer
Care programme in Florida.

To the many people who contributed,
Ms Ebanks said she cannot say thanks enough, especially to Pastor Winston Rose,
to the congregation of The Bodden Town Church of God and to her employer Scotiabank
& Trust (Cayman) Ltd.


Jasier McLean, right, cuts the cake during a celebration at the Bodden Town Church of God.
Photo: Jewel Levy