A fa­ther’s ded­i­ca­tion

Man pleads for as­sis­tance in car­ing for sick daugh­ter

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ce­celia Camp­bel­lLiv­ingston/Gleaner Writer

AS THE Easter sea­son ap­proaches, it is a stark re­minder of the day Se­bert Wil­liamson’s 13-year-old daugh­ter She­nieka’s life went down­hill with her fight­ing to live.

Good Fri­day, af­ter com­ing from church, Wil­liamson of­fered her some­thing to drink. She took one sip and fainted.

The fright­ened fa­ther said he only had time to call on the name of the Lord, be­fore rush­ing her to the Chapel­ton Hospi­tal in Claren­don.

She was soon trans­ferred to the May Pen Hospi­tal.

The only sign he had that his daugh­ter was not too well was the headaches she was hav­ing a week be­fore, for which he gave her painkillers.

“When she fainted, I saw death on her,” he said of his daugh­ter, a sev­enth grader at Den­bigh High School at the time.

She­nieka was trans­ferred from the May Pen Hospi­tal to Kingston Pub­lic Hospi­tal, where she re­mained in in­ten­sive care for five months af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with menin­gi­tis.

“That meant ei­ther my wife or my­self had to make the daily trek to Kingston, and each time we take the jour­ney from Wood­hall (Nor th Claren­don), we are look­ing at be­tween $3-4,000,” Wil­liamson told The Gleaner.


Last Oc­to­ber, he thought he had a rea­son to smile when Sheneika was sent home, but she had breath­ing is­sues and had to be read­mit­ted and had to have a tra­cheal tube in­serted.

Now a pa­tient at the Mona Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, she is learn­ing to walk and talk.

“She has come a long way. Still can’t speak, but she can write,” said a grate­ful Wil­liamson.

The daily trek to Kingston over the year has taken its toll on the fam­ily’s re­sources and it’s for that rea­son that he is now reach­ing out for some as­sis­tance.

“She is the youngest of my chil­dren. The oth­ers who are now grown help when they can, but they have their own fam­i­lies now and chal­lenges too,” he said, even as he thanks the Lord for his church fam­ily and oth­ers who as­sist from time to time.

Wil­liamson re­cently made an ap­point­ment for his daugh­ter at the Caribbean Hear­ing cen­tre for an ear ex­am­i­na­tion, a pro­ce­dure which will at­tract a cost of $16,000. By faith, he hopes to foot the bill when the time comes.

“That’s just one of my daily chal­lenges. I still have pre­scrip­tions to fill on a reg­u­lar ba­sis” he said.

Wil­liamson, who is an elec­tri­cian, said some­times he gets work, but not enough to cover the daily ex­penses.

“I live in hope and put my faith in God,” he said, even as he hopes read­ers will be moved to as­sist as he awaits that day when his daugh­ter can fi­nally come home and re­turn t o school.

M r Wil­liamson can be con­tacted at 844-0736.

Se­bert Wil­liamson

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