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Akalia Moore recovering after successful surgery

Published:Monday | November 30, 2015 | 11:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Akalia Moore
Akalia Moore in class at Morant Bay High School.
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Following the success of the charity concert held in her name earlier this month, fifth-form student at the Morant Bay High School, Akalia Moore, is recovering, having undergone surgery in Miami, last week.

The Gleaner learnt that Moore flew to Miami last Friday and underwent surgery over the weekend. According to reports from the family, the surgery was successful and Moore is now in recovery mode.

Orrette McDowell, the man behind organising Moore's benefit concert, gave the report on behalf of the family. "She (Akalia) did the surgery in Miami and it was successful," he said. "She's a bit tired now, still has some screws in her head from the procedure. She gets a headache every now and then, but she's doing well, getting a lot of rest."

McDowell told The Gleaner that the charity event held for Moore was a huge success, having raised over $800,000. "We had a great turnout," he reported. "The community really came out and did their part, and the entire event, aside from a few minor glitches, was a huge success." He was also happy to report that after soliciting help from the entertainment industry, several artistes volunteered to do whatever they could to assist Moore and her family. Popcaan, Chi Ching Ching, Stevie Face and Tarrus Riley were among some of the artistes who McDowell described as outstanding. "They not only volunteered to perform at the show, but they also dipped into their pockets and helped financially. Their individual monetary contributions went a far way in helping to meet the $2.5-million target."

FERGUSON's donation

McDowell also disclosed that the member of parliament for the Pamphret community and former minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, also contributed to the cause monetarily. McDowell thanks Jamaica for showing great support for Moore. "Jamaicans came out and supported this young lady when she needed them the most, it just goes to show that this country still has a lot of good people. I want to thank everyone for all their contributions, it was well appreciated."

Moore was recently diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation and needed to complete a Gamma Knife radiosurgery to save her life. An account was set up in Moore's name and, along with the funds garnered at the benefit concert, Moore and her family were able to fly to Miami for the procedure. In addition to gaining the funds needed for the surgery, the family also received enough funds to help offset the cost of other miscellaneous fees like airfare, etc.

Arteriovenous malformation is a medical condition that occurs when a tangle of blood vessels in the brain, or on its surface, bypasses normal brain tissue, resulting in an abnormal connection that interferes with the body's ability to properly circulate blood.

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