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Actress seeks help after major heart attack - GoFundMe page started, surgery required

Published:Thursday | February 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Leonie Forbes (left) and Rosie Murray play mother and daughter in, 'Not My Child'.
Rosie Murray

During the celebration of a long-time friend's birthday, well-known Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack.

It was on December 29, 2017, after the chaos of Christmas; during the lull between then and the New Year, that Murray took ill.

"Our life hasn't been the same as of that night as we fought to keep her alive and are now doing every means possible to help her recovery, to get back to a regular functioning life," reads a GoFundMe statement posted by her son, Phillip Lopez. Lopez' effort to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) is intended to finance an angioplasty.

"We have seen the small area in the heart that needs to be resuscitated in order for the heart to return to regular functionality," the statement continues.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media to instead work for herself, by kick-starting her baking business. In all their busyness, Murray's condition went unnoticed.

"It was definitely a surprise. She had a few signs of some pains when we were working crazy hours during Christmas, doing lots of cake orders and plays and promos all at once. But after Christmas, she seemed fine, like it was all stress-related. She was actually at her friend's birthday party when she suffered the heart attack," Lopez told The Gleaner. In addition to growing the business, Murray also wrote and executed her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

"She's trying to do a benefit offer for [A Slice of Life] for the end of March, but this definitely has derailed a lot of prospects we had for it this year," Lopez said.

There is no current deadline set to raise the funds for surgery, but in the meantime, "she's doing cardio therapy to strengthen herself and see if she can pull it off. She's getting stronger in general, but has good and bad days. She's doing what she can for maintenance, and hopefully strengthening until we can ascertain when funds for the operation is possible," he disclosed.

Murray has previously been active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.