The Star (Jamaica)

Mom of battered teen seeking medical help overseas


It has been almost 11 months since Kaylan Dowdie, now 18, has been hospitalis­ed at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), after reportedly being beaten by a group of women at a party last November along Barbican Road, St Andrew.

For weeks, her mother Veneisha Buckley has been trying to get the teenager transferre­d to a medical facility in the United States and she has finally got an acceptance letter. However, she is unable to find the US$425,000 (approximat­ely J$62 million) needed and is seeking the public’s assistance.

“It is estimated that her stay at the hospital could be at least three months, but it could be more and is almost US$140,000 per month. I am praying that things go well and she will not have to stay longer because that would mean more money. Persons have began to donate since I made the post a couple days ago on Instagram and I have a bit saved up, but we are nowhere close to where we want to be,” she said.

Kaylan remains in intensive care and is unable to breathe without a ventilator. Buckley has high praises for the UHWI but said “they can’t do anything else” for Kaylan.

“We urgently need to take her overseas. I am really grateful for all they are doing and continue to do,” she said. Buckley said that her daughter is still in a lot of pain but she is a fighter.

“She wants to live so please help me to let her live. The doctor had given her a one per cent chance of surviving and she has gone into septic shocks, had nine cardiac arrests, seizures, but she managed to survive,” she said.

Persons wishing to donate can do so at National Commercial Bank’s Washington Boulevard branch, account # 134311479; or Jamaica National Bank HalfWay Tree branch, account #2094529120.

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