The family and friends of Mark Whorms, who died in March after losing his battle with cystic fibrosis, have donated a respiratory therapy machine to the Cayman Islands Hospital in his memory to help others suffering from the condition.
A collection was made at Mr. Whorms’s memorial service and the funds were given to the Cayman Islands Cystic Fibrosis Trust, according to a press release from the Trust.
At around the same time, students at Cayman Prep high school held a “Jeans for Genes” day where all students wore jeans to school and made donations to the Trust. The students had been studying genetics in science and the role genetics plays in conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
After consulting with Mr. Whorms’s physiotherapist at the Cayman Islands Hospital, Melissa Shaw, the Trust recommended the funds raised be used to buy a Respironics Cough Assist machine. The funds were handed over to CEO of the Health Services Authority, Lizzette Yearwood.
“It’s great that the Trust were able to buy the Respironics Cough Assist for the respiratory therapy department at the hospital,” Ms. Shaw said. “The machine is designed to remove secretions from the airways of the lungs in patients who have weak or ineffective coughs due to neurological, neuromuscular and bronchopulmonary diseases.
“This ultimately allows them to breathe more easily once the airways are cleared and decrease the likelihood of infections or worsening lung infections.”
She added, “We are very thankful to Ms. Jennifer Whorms, Mark’s mom, who has driven the purchase of this machine forward and to the Trust who have helped in its funding and purchase. Mark was a fighter and I know that he would be glad to see a machine like this purchased in his memory to help others.”
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.