Hos­pi­tal­ized, Hand­i­capped, Home­less . . . But Hope­ful!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Williams

That was the sta­tus mes­sage Raquel Har­ris shared with the world via Face­book, com­ing out of one of the periodic bouts of si­lence those close to her had grown ac­cus­tomed to after months of re­cov­ery fol­low­ing a ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent in Bexon that left one woman dead, two other pas­sen­gers in­jured, and 27-year-old Raquel par­a­lyzed. Three and a half years have passed and Raquel has un­der­gone therapy and sev­eral gru­el­ing op­er­a­tions in Mar­tinique and in France. Her life con­tin­ues to be filled with therapy, and the still glim­mer­ing hope that she will one day walk again.

The hospi­tal that she was flown to from St Lu­cia after her ac­ci­dent has been Raquel’s home for almost four years. Ahead of fi­nally be­ing able to con­vince her to go the route of crowd-fund­ing to help fi­nance her tran­si­tion out of the hospi­tal and back into real life, one of Raquel’s friends re­called that her only words were: “I can­not lie; be­ing in this hospi­tal for so long makes me feel like it’s be­come home. But liv­ing in a hospi­tal is no life at all.”

Still her spirit re­mains un­bro­ken. She shared some of the in­ti­mate de­tails of what the last few years have been like for her via Face­book: “I’ve been given the runaround ad­min­is­tra­tively and for at least the last two years I have been look­ing for a place to call home. The good news is that I may have fi­nally found a place but not hav­ing had an in­come for the last four years I can­not af­ford to move in im­me­di­ately. I no longer need to be at the hospi­tal; my time here is lit­er­ally fin­ished. Nor­mally I ask for prayers but to­day I am here to ask for fi­nan­cial help, and also a lot more prayers!”

In her post, the young woman who is ad­mired most of all for her courage and fight­ing spirit, reached out for help at a time when she needed it more than any­thing else.

“If there is any­one out there that who would like to help in any way, inbox me please?” she pleaded.

Friends of the 27-year-old who now re­sides in Mar­tinique are call­ing on the pub­lic to as­sist Raquel with mak­ing her tran­si­tion from hospi­tal to nor­mal life. “We need as many peo­ple as we can to help make this tran­si­tion as smooth as pos­si­ble as she gets set to face the rest of her life, in the same man­ner of strength she has al­ways demon­strated,” a close friend told the STAR. “Ev­ery­one needs a lit­tle help some­time.”

The cam­paign that is in­tended to help the young woman raise funds to move out of hospi­tal into an apart­ment aims to raise 2000 Eu­ros (ap­prox. EC$6000). Dona­tions can be made to Bank of St Lu­cia, Ac­count #129257000. Please help!

Friends of Raquel Har­ris are rais­ing funds to aid her tran­si­tion from hospi­tal fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in 2012 that left her par­a­lyzed.

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