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Cancer-free Shaheem Richards returns to VI

- says he feels blessed that mother was there throughout; medical bill remains a concern
Shaheem Richards (left) returned to the VI cancer-free after seven months of treatment in a Puerto Rico hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatment. His mother, Scharmla, was by his side throughout. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After spending seven months away from the Territory undergoing treatment in Puerto Rico for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), 14-year-old Shaheem Richards has now returned home to the Virgin Islands - cancer free.

Mrs Scharmla Springette-Richards said her son returned on April 20, 2013 fully recovered after receiving several extensive rounds of chemotherapy treatment at the HIMA Hospital in Puerto Rico.

She was by his side for the entire duration of the treatment as they both made the hospital their home since they had no friends or relatives in Puerto Rico.

“It was smooth,” she said of the treatment, “he didn’t have any symptoms [at the end].”

The medical bill for Shaheem’s treatment though, continues to be a cause of major concern as it hovers around the $500,000 mark. A contribution of $40,000 was previously made by the Government of the Virgin Islands towards Shaheem’s care.

The family continues to appeal for assistance in this regard as it was only able to have minimal funds raised through Facebook and other sources. “Some of the family members are trying to hold some fundraising [activities] to raise the money,” Mrs Springette-Richards said.

A group of family members is scheduled to meet soon to discuss several approaches on the way forward and have been considering sending letters to various businesses to assist with funds to reduce the bill.

According to Mrs Springette-Richards, no response has since been forthcoming from the local Red Cross despite efforts made in response to their promise of assistance.

“We’re ok, God has been good to us,” she said about her feelings on their return.

Shaheem’s mother has expressed several concerns about her son's schooling and the possibility that he may have to be retained for the school year after missing the greater part of the first two terms.

Though he expressed similar concerns, Shaheem said, “Well, I’m glad to be home after seven months.”

He felt excited and was eager to get back to school after such a long time off but the issue of having to do over the school year weighs heavily on his mind.

He stated that he lost a significant amount of weight during his treatment but has since regained the majority of this and is looking forward to what his future holds.

The now recovered Shaheem said, “I feel blessed…,” when asked about having his mother at his side throughout the ordeal.

He thanked his relatives, members of his church and all others who prayed for him. Scharmla also thanked her husband for the support he gave during his son's treatment.

19 Responses to “Cancer-free Shaheem Richards returns to VI ”

  • old glory (23/04/2013, 07:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    such a sweet story
  • idea person (23/04/2013, 07:51) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    If everyone in the BVI would donate, out of caring, $20....that would be a lot of money spread around for the young man's outstanding debt....We all have to help each other...Set up an account at bank and it will roll in....He deserves our reaching out, after being through so much.l..
    • freedom (23/04/2013, 18:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      If our leaders find the courage and NHI finally comes on stream, our begging days will be over whenever we and our children get sick.
    • @ idea person (24/04/2013, 22:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I did the math based on 20,000 person, the family can raised approximately $400,000. It's worth looking into, try to get a Public Relations person on the main island as well as each of the sister islands to get the donation drive going. The article needed to state a contact number for persons interested in making a donation. This is a great idea. I think it can work to help this family.
  • Real (23/04/2013, 08:08) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so happy for mother and child god bless
    • KLM (23/04/2013, 20:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      this is good news..there is a god
    • ava terry (25/04/2013, 03:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      thank good he prolong your life, you have the time to make it right with god. lukema can only control for a period of time, pls give your life to god. i will have you in my pray, god be with you..
  • gkefkkdakxq (23/04/2013, 08:27) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Love you guys a million, God is definitely in control of the situation, he is a miracle working God. Place all your cares unto the Lord and leave them there. Glad to see that you all are doing wonderful.
  • huray (23/04/2013, 09:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    hey. with the smooth grace of god. you were one of the few that is fortunate in this world to beat such a thing. my god. you are truly amazing. GOOD DAY all. let us pray for one another.
  • great (23/04/2013, 09:28) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!!!! I'm so happy that the young man made it through. Now I hope people see why we need National Health Insurance in the BVI. Even if it is not in the form that is currently being sold to us, we need something along these lines. Imagine having a $500,000 bill to pay. Some people work all their lives and don't even total that amount of income. Government has donated $40K and that's really great considering the financial climate but it's a drop in the bucket looking at the total. The Hospital want their money, they need their money in order to continue operations. This is why National Insurance Coverage is so important and we need to get it moving.
  • ta ta (23/04/2013, 11:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino I just love these positive stories my prayers remain with the sheeem
  • BRAD BOYNES (23/04/2013, 17:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    god is good keep trusting in him
  • Want to help (23/04/2013, 20:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If one wanted to make a donation how can this be done? Vino can you get that info and post it thanks.
  • mother (23/04/2013, 22:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My hearth goes out to you all, that's a testimony of the powers of god, that when we ask in faith and believe it will be given unto you, continue to seek god and all the rest will fall in line. the money might seems plenty but god move mountains, he moves seas, what is in that amount that he cannot pay off for you. I declare in no other name but in the name of Jesus, that this bill will be paid off just in the same way that your son was set free. prayers move mountains and with all these prayers nothing is impossible with god. count your blessing you have a lot more coming. God Bless your family.
  • John (24/04/2013, 16:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep taking him for check up as these things sometimes come back
  • Family Member (24/04/2013, 16:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    if one want to make donation you can contact the Mom,4410484
  • #Squad (24/04/2013, 18:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welcome back Sogga-G..!
  • Thankful (27/04/2013, 00:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be thankful to God for this healing. Only He can do it.


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