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Mother disappointed in gov’t as child gets successful eye surgery

- Autistic child's eye allegedly injured by fellow student at EHRLC
After feeling helpless and left in distress for over a month after an injury damaged her child’s eye, Kascen Liburd is now breathing a sigh of relief following a successful surgery performed on her son. Photo: VINO
The injured eye before surgery. Photo: VINO/File
The injured eye before surgery. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After feeling helpless and left in distress for over a month after an injury damaged her child’s eye, Kascen Liburd is now breathing a sigh of relief following a successful surgery performed on her son.

The child, who is also autistic, is a student of the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre (EHRLC) and according to Ms Liburd, the injury allegedly occurred as a result of her son being hit in the left eye by another student of the school on January 8, 2014.

The brief surgery was performed on February 11, 2014 at a medical centre in St Thomas, USVI and Ms Liburd expressed sincere gratitude to various companies and persons that came forward and offered assistance of any kind in her time of need.

Among those she offered thanks to were Digicel, Davis Car Rental, Cane Garden Bay Sunday School, Travelwise, Luther B, radio personality Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart and also doctors who performed the surgery.

Disappointed in gov’t

“I am disappointed with government but I still thank God that my child did not lose his eye because of foolishness,” Liburd told Virgin Islands News Online.

Despite her many efforts to speak with education and government officials, the mother of the injured child said she found no answers and was sent in all directions on her dead end quest.

The mother of three insists that she still hasn’t heard anything with regard to an investigation into the matter and has continued to dispute reports that the child’s injury was received away from school or that it was a ‘draft’ that caused the injury.

Attempts by this news site to get a comment from education officials on the issue were unsuccessful.

The mother remains thankful however, that several sponsors eventually came forward to assist with the prohibitive cost of the eye surgery and was appreciative of the fact that her son did not lose his eye.

“I’m feeling happy now that the surgery is over because now I can eat and I can get back to my normal self because during the month [of the injury] I was just stressed out,” she added.

For now, Ms Liburd said she is contemplating what steps can be taken going forward but has decided to give officials some time for a response before proceeding with any action.

27 Responses to “Mother disappointed in gov’t as child gets successful eye surgery”

  • What a set (13/02/2014, 08:15) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    If they have to depend on this government or Education minister for help you better think again. Unless he can get photo opp out of it he aint helping a soul
    • Negative (13/02/2014, 08:55) Like (22) Dislike (21) Reply
      Everything them blaming Govt. for. What is the story from the other side? Yes was an emergency, yes, but everything operate with procedures.
      • To Negative (13/02/2014, 09:14) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
        If it was your child would you make the same comment to yourself? A mother does what she HAS and NEED to be done, so wake up!
      • Hmm (13/02/2014, 09:51) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply

        procedures my a.. if it was a family member of one of the gov heads it would be different ,guess what! WE VOTING THEM A.. OUT!

  • Move on (13/02/2014, 09:26) Like (24) Dislike (17) Reply
    Move on young lady. That's what we all do in life. Whatever happened, just move on.
  • Hmmmm (13/02/2014, 10:11) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    If that was ur child would u want someone telling u to move on? U sound like an a**.
  • pressure (13/02/2014, 11:04) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I ask where is the DUTY OF CARE by: The Ministry & Department of Education, The Principal at the school and the teachers? There is no Health and Safety legislation around this rock and therefore risks are not accounted for and lives are in the balance as these incidents occur. Now this young man could have been left without an eye growing up even more challenged in this world. I say to the mom I feel your pain and hope you obtain sound legal advice.
    • @pressure (13/02/2014, 13:13) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      The public only knows what is posted here. If the lady is honest, she will convey the truth to VINO and stop staining people's reputations. She knows the full truth, but she is broadcasting what she wants.
    • Shebas (14/02/2014, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Duty of care??? Find a mirror and have mommy and Daddy take a
      Look see.
      Children being raised wiith misguided parents and so called friends,advisors and other poverty pimps,will forever remain hanndicapped and disadvantaged.

      advisors will forever be handicapped and disadvantaged
  • tubb (13/02/2014, 11:29) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Every tubb gotta sit on its own bottom. Keep off govt nipples.
  • shame.... (13/02/2014, 11:35) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Disappointed in the government for what? Because they didn't send a get well soon basket stuffed with cash? I fractured my leg in primary school and there was no grand investigation launched. I guess I should be disappointed the gov't too *smh*
  • lmao (13/02/2014, 11:41) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Any reason to bash Government. If Government had assisted with full cost of surgery we would never see a story. That's the typical BVI attitude, bad is good and good is bad. Have fun.

    Glad her child is okay though.
  • forgetaboutit (13/02/2014, 11:54) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    Lady, give it a rest. We all have our own problems to deal with. Eye done?Is it better? Good. Move on!
  • fly away (13/02/2014, 12:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good luck finding a new political dog whistle, NDP- you're gonna' need it next election.

  • Freedom of speech (13/02/2014, 13:15) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mother you should have find out who was the child and had a meeting with the parents you need to take them to court with all your bills that child parents is responsible
    • @freedom of speech (13/02/2014, 22:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Careful with your advice, you might be sending her to sue herself
  • Din (13/02/2014, 16:36) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    People exect that government is suppose to give them everything!! If every child that get injuired and gov takes care of it then what will happen to our society??? We are too dependent on Gov for everything. I blame previous politicians for this because they have created a NANNY STATE country. I am so sick of it.
  • Hmmmmm (13/02/2014, 17:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As them say ONE HAND CANT CLAP!!
  • small head (14/02/2014, 01:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How many ways can the people say, "Yankee go home"?

    We should be delighted to oblige them in voting the NDP out!!
  • Unite (14/02/2014, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All yo sick, meh boi. This divide mentality is on some and they can't recognize it. Instead of posting proper blogs, many here posting on NDP and VIP. When the clandestine plan them have for VIPandNDP together hit all you, you going to wish you had mind your business. The plan to keep us under. BVI unite; look around and see who are uniting.
  • nonsense (14/02/2014, 11:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Going school back in the 70s/80s, I got broke hand, chops from flying stones, twisted ankles, scratches, buss mouth, broken teeth, hit in my eye, beat up no name it while in school. Even one time another child broke my glasses with a rock while I was wearing them. As children we were so swift, no teacher or headmaster didn't have the eyes to watch us. My mother had to deal with it. I had principals such as Louis Walters, Charles Wheatley teachers like Kirlin Lettsome, Jennie Wheatley, Tula Frett, Gwenny Smith etc. Miss Enid Scatliffe was Chief Education Officer back then. My mother never use to go to the Island Sun or ZBVI to make no noise - when ice was needed, she put it, when a bandage was needed, she put it, when surgery and a cast was needed she just dealt with it. Autistic or not, stuff happens. I don't know what this lady wants, but suppose all of us parents had lamblast the minister, the school and the principals for everything.
  • Pablo (14/02/2014, 11:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    People if an incident took palace at school where a child is injured there is a protocol to be followed. The school prinncipal must submit a report to the education department,after investigating the incident. If it is 2 children involved, the parents of the childrenbe invited in to discuss the incident, report from the prprincipal and there after a course of action is decided. This can be done in a few days. As regards medical treatment for the injured child , We have not been informed by the mother where the fault lies regarding the injury. If it is a case where no other person is responsible for the injury, then it is unfair to make such statementsaabout the ministry of Education. I f she could not afford to payforher son medical treatment and she got donations from the public to do so and government did not help, so be it. Your child is now well.
  • .... (14/02/2014, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh, I thought Government paid for the Surgery...........I stand corrected...
  • Emergency what (14/02/2014, 16:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thsi child have alot more problem than this. This mother has always been encourage and push to do the necessary things for her child, instead she waits for it to escalte and leave her mom with the burden. She must do better! LEave her child with people to go parade and lime
  • nurse (14/02/2014, 22:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I could have put on a better bandage. What surgery?
  • SMH (16/02/2014, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unbelieveable


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