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Burnt 3-year-old airlifted to T&T; Being fed through syringe

3-year-old Micheal A. Charles, who suffered second-degree burns in a kitchen accident at the family's Virgin Gorda home on Sunday, October 6, 2019, has finally been airlifted to Trinidad & Tobago for further treatment. Photo: Facebook
'He is constantly experiencing pain but is receiving medication to help him be more comfortable. Michael also underwent some skin treatment to remove the remainder of the damaged skin. His appetite is lost and is eating very little, Michael has had to be fed with a syringe. Please keep him in your prayers,' an update on the fundraiser page read. Photo: Facebook
'He is constantly experiencing pain but is receiving medication to help him be more comfortable. Michael also underwent some skin treatment to remove the remainder of the damaged skin. His appetite is lost and is eating very little, Michael has had to be fed with a syringe. Please keep him in your prayers,' an update on the fundraiser page read. Photo: Facebook
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago - 3-year-old Micheal A. Charles, who suffered second-degree burns in a kitchen accident at his family's Virgin Gorda home on Sunday, October 6, 2019, has finally been airlifted to Trinidad and Tobago for further treatment.

He was airlifted late last week, Friday, October 11, 2019, after an online fundraising initiative led to the family raising some $6000 in funding to down pay for the air transportation cost to Trinidad and Tobago from the Virgin Islands. 

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) was first to report on the tragedy which struck the Charles family after he was burnt in a kitchen accident and had to travel to Trinidad for treatment.

"The medical expenses are a large hindrance in the commencement of his treatment and admittance by the hospital. The hospital alone requires a down payment before any surgeries can take place, plus the costs of travel. Medical insurance is not an option as it is not something that is used in the British Caribbean islands," the online fundraising campaign said.

T&T treatment commences 

Now in Trinidad, Michael since received a blood transfusion on October 15, 2019.

"He is constantly experiencing pain but is receiving medication to help him be more comfortable. Michael also underwent some skin treatment to remove the remainder of the damaged skin. His appetite is lost and is eating very little, Michael has had to be fed with a syringe. Please keep him in your prayers," an update on the fundraiser page read. 

This news website reached out to mother, Vernessa Charles for an update on the cost of the treatment in Trinidad, however, she said the family is still awaiting the full cost as treatment is ongoing and he will be returning to the theatre this morning, October 25, 2019.

Virgin Islands News Online will bring more information as it is available. 

Further donations can be made at Scotiabank account number, 108001038 or contact the mother, Ms Charles at +1 (284) 343-3166. The GoFundMe link for persons looking to donate is available here

12 Responses to “Burnt 3-year-old airlifted to T&T; Being fed through syringe”

  • good news (15/10/2019, 10:24) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    God is a genius. Love to see the results of Gods doing.
    • WHAT!!!! (15/10/2019, 11:55) Like (5) Dislike (36) Reply
      Where was your “genius” God when he got burnt??? Not looking ??
      • @wHAT (15/10/2019, 12:24) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
        You sound so stupid!!!
      • If only (15/10/2019, 12:27) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        He was in the same place.. when you were born..
      • @ WHAT!!!! (16/10/2019, 12:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        If god was watching his entire universe all of us would be dead. go read your bible and learn.
        what happened to this lovely little boy is tremendously sad. but it is grateful he is alive. just praying that the pain he is enduring will subside.
    • Mr Shovels (15/10/2019, 13:26) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      Christian logic is absurd. God is praised for providing the treatment for a horrendous accident that the same God allowed to happen in the first place
  • VG cares (15/10/2019, 13:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please good people out there.... Help this little boy and his family in any way you can.
  • nurse (15/10/2019, 21:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Continued prayers are with this family. This hospital is a good hospital but once they know payments can't be made they give you a challenge with treatment. But I will say again treatment is great.

    Blessings and continued prayers and speedy recovery for this child and family.
  • trinity (16/10/2019, 00:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why wasn’t he taken to Mount Hope (Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex Hospital)?
    It would have been free they have burn units there Southern Medical is very expensive
  • @ What and Mr. Shovel (16/10/2019, 07:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    When are we as people going to stop blaming God for everything "bad" that happens. We live in a world of Sin.....Bad things Will Happen even to UNDESERVING people..... like this child. That's just life unfortunately and clearly this was a very unfortunate accident. We could easily say how does a 3 year old get so close to anything boiling on a stove...Negligence? What will it profit to play the blame game....how about we use our energies and focus on the wellbeing of the child. If there is something tangeable and practical we can do in love let's do that.....if not we can pray for him and his family because whether you all believe it or not....Prayer does work!
  • Why (16/10/2019, 09:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHY is NHI not taking care of this child?? WHY do we hear so much about people needing money for treatments?
    WHY do we have NHI and it seems to not cover us??



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