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Man With Massive Tumor Needs Your Help
For over a year now, a massive tumor has grown on the left side of Jermaine Barrett’s face, and it has been a source of great physical and emotional pain for the 26-year-old and his family from Montego Bay, St James, Jamaica.
“Sometimes I will go around kids and they run from me. My nieces and nephews don’t even recognise me, anymore. When they see me they run and cry, so it pains [my] heart,”
He said he has relocated from his mother’s house because the sight of his face spiritually and physically upsets her.
“Her blood pressure raises every time she sees me, so I had to move in with my sister and cousin for my mother’s well being.”
Jermaine’s only ease from the excruciating pain is continuous sleep.
So far, local doctors have been unable to agree on a diagnosis and treatment for the abnormal growth, so Barrett feels his only hope is to go overseas to seek medical attention.
“Doctors had me do full body scan, a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, CT (Computerised Tomography) scan, all sort of tests. They started radiation, then I did chemotherapy, but that didn’t work. They tried everything to shrink it and it hasn’t worked. Some are saying it’s cancerous. Some are saying it’s just normal tumour,”
Jermaine believes his affliction might have been triggered by some mishap by overseas dentists who had come to Jamaica to offer free services in 2008.
“I [had them extract] a tooth and from that day I have a little swelling in the roof of my mouth. I took antibiotics and it [swelling] didn’t go down, so I thought probably it was supposed to be there so I just left it,”
He ignored the swelling until January last year, when he noticed another bulge just below his left eye. Barrett, who was employed as a chef, assumed the swelling was caused from his constant interaction with heat and cold.
“I went to the eye doctor and they gave me eye drops for it but it, didn’t get better. When the eyedrops finish I went back to the doctor, they told me I have to do a CT scan because my eye look like it’s pushing forward,”
Since that time, Jermaine has made countless visits to specialists in St James and Kingston, but to no avail.
BEFORE THE TUMOR
He was the primary income provider for his family, but his illness has prevented him from working so there is no finacial method to get medication or any mediacal care.
“I would really appreciate some help because I’ve tried everything. Only thing I could do now is just pray and ask God to work some miracle because I don’t know where else to turn,”
“I get so sick, sometimes I can’t really swallow because my throat is so swollen. I can’t breathe through my nose, I can’t smell anything, so I have to be breathing through my mouth. I have difficulty seeing sometimes in the sick eye. Sometimes a lot of water run from the other eye,”
Jermaine is fearful that the abnormal growth will start affecting his brain if he does not receive immediate medical attention overseas and is hoping for assistance.