Barbados Free Press picked up on this article from Ian Bourne’s The Bajan Reporter blog…
(Patient’s name changed to protect the innocent, but charity people at bottom of note use their actual contacts and names)
I have a very big favour to ask. The only way forward at this stage is to get help by word of mouth around the island. I am therefore asking you to forward the two enclosures to as many people as you can, with a message to continue to forward. I am hoping that eventually, the right people will respond to one or both requests.
I am not sure if you have heard yet, or even know of “Louise,” but she needs some help urgently. She needs to sell her car and to get people to donate blood early next week so that her operation can go ahead.
“Louise” is my best friend here on the island and she told me less than 2 weeks ago that she has colon cancer. It has all been a huge shock for “Louise” and her family and friends. But the worse of it is that although her cancer is very serious, she is facing other problems. Usually “Louise” would be moritified that I am even discussing her condition, but she has come to terms with the fact that we now have to go to great lengths if she is going to get through this nightmare.
Only today was the date for her surgery confirmed as next Friday 28th – but they will not operate without donations of blood. With that in mind, I now need to ask people to donate blood next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so that “Louise” can benefit from the donations. FYI, “Louise” is AB+ blood group which in theory means that she can accept blood from anyone. However, when she was in hospital recently she rejected one batch of blood which meant that her body was making antibodies against some blood groups. This meant that could only accept her own blood group i.e. AB+ and as a result the hospital ran out of blood twice during the transfusion. It is therefore imperative that we get people to donate AB+ blood. However, it would also be good for people of other blood groups to donate as a contingency. If we do not collect enough AB+ then “Louise” can still use other blood groups if she was prepared with drugs that will hopefully stop the antibodies. But this is not an ideal situation and is a last resort. Therefore we need as many people to donate blood as possible, but AB+ people especially. She has been told by the doctors that the surgery for her cancer cannot go ahead without the blood.
The Blood Collection offices are open from 8-4 Monday to Friday (shorter day on Friday); you need to be between 18 and 65, not had a tattoo, acupuncture or ear piercing within a year and must have a full tummy i.e. eaten a half hour before going and an hour should be all it takes. The Blood Bank can be reached through the QEH switchboard at extension 2614 or direct at 429-4307; it is now located just around the roundabout down from St-Gabriel’s on Jemmotts Lane.
Therefore can you please forward the attached note to your database.
IN ADDITION – WE NEED TO SELL “LOUISE’S” CAR
She urgently needs to sell the car to pay for her treatment, as well as chemotherapy, so again, can you send out an urgent message to your database – see across for similar vehicle.
It is a Toyota MR2 Spider convertible blue car. “Louise” has recently had the car valued at around 70,000 bds, but is asking 55,000 for a quick sale, but will take 50,000 as the lowest price.
I am not sure if you know “Louise,” but she is a strong and impressive lady, but this is the first time in her life that she has had to accept help from friends and others. But this is not a time to be shy about asking for favours as too much is at stake. So any help you can give is much appreciated.
Many thanks again for your help on this.
Love to you all
Bridget XXX [NB: e-mail in link] – any questions call me on 247 9292 (do not leave messages as I am bad at collecting them) or call Richard on 247 9222. Or call the house at 432 1630