Sick woman re­ceives as­sis­tance from OPM

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

Hanna Dixon, a res­i­dent of Lawrence Tav­ern, St An­drew, is ex­press­ing her ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the as­sis­tance that she has re­ceived from of­fi­cials within the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter (OPM), who re­cently gave her a cheque valu­ing $250,000 for an op­er­a­tion to re­move a blocked stent from her body.

She stated that al­though the money will only cover 50 per cent of the op­er­a­tion cost, she is ex­tremely grate­ful for the sup­port.

“I am re­ally happy. I did the op­er­a­tion last month to re­move the stent at The Univer­sity Hospi­tal of the West Indies and then I got the cheque. I am grate­ful be­cause I know the bill has to be set­tled. I want to thank THE STAR and ev­ery­one who helped me. I had got­ten some funds on the Go­FundMe, which helped to take care of the med­i­ca­tion,” she said.

Dixon’s story was fea­tured in THE STAR on March 4. Af­ter it was pub­lished, OPM of­fi­cials reached out to the news­pa­per to in­quire about Dixon.

Ever since she was di­ag­nosed with polymyosi­tis at age 16, her health has been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing dras­ti­cally. In ad­di­tion to seizures and blood clots, the 31-year-old Dixon also suf­fers from di­a­betes and kid­ney stones.

Polymyosi­tis is an un­com­mon in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease that causes mus­cle weak­ness, af­fect­ing both sides of your body.

MAKES MOV­ING DIF­FI­CULT

Hav­ing this con­di­tion can make it dif­fi­cult to climb stairs, rise from a seated po­si­tion, lift ob­jects or reach over­head. It af­fects adults in their 30s, 40s or 50s.

It’s more com­mon in black peo­ple than in white, and women are af­fected more of­ten than men. Signs and symp­toms usu­ally de­velop grad­u­ally over weeks or months.

“I get dizzy spells and faint a lot more now, so I am not sure if it’s a side ef­fect of the op­er­a­tion. But in spite of that I am re­ally grate­ful be­cause I could be six feet un­der the ground now. I am just hop­ing that I will get the as­sis­tance to fully pay the hospi­tal bill,” she said.

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