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Alecia Blackstock McCormack: Seeking a miracle

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:16 AM


After serving for almost 17 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Alicia Blackstock McCormark is now praying for a miracle that she will one day be able to get back to regular service.

These days, she cannot move around to do routine things after having two strokes, one which crippled her for a while in 2013 and saw her being hospitalised at the University Hospital of the West Indies, unable to walk, talk or move.

McCormack was sent to the police convalescence home in St Elizabeth for three months to recover. She noted that marital stress and other problems sent her blood pressure soaring, resulting in her having the first stroke.

Back on her feet and taking life in stride, she was dealt another cruel blow last October when she got another stroke – which has left her struggling to do even the simplest things.

Living with her mother and two children – Takiyah, 12 years old, and son Marquain, who is six – her prayers are for complete healing as she worries about how they will be adequately taken care of.

McCormack said it was her dream to have two children growing up in a stable family environment with both parents.

Her biggest fear right now is to be out of a job, and with her growing medical bills because of her condition, she is unable to provide for her children or even meet some of her own needs.

“I have to take more than 12 pills for the day, and although it is heart-wrenching. I still consider myself blessed as I’m still alive despite the medical setback.

McCormack still has hurdles to overcome as she cannot afford to take her full medication because her health card has been expended and it is now posing a great challenge.

“I recently visited the hospital on an appointment and the doctor says that at 35, I have too many medical issues – two strokes, blood clot – all of which are causes of concern for me,” she said.

Trying to stay positive, McCormack, who hails from Beckford Kraal in Clarendon and now calls Longville Park home, just wants assistance to get all the medication as well as other resources to deal with her condition.

On March 2, the Longville Park Police Youth Club will be showing their support for McCormack with the staging of a 5K Run/Walk in the scheme, but that will be a drop in the bucket. The club’s president, Tanice Barnett, added her voice to McCormack’s, saying, “Our police go on the front line for us every day … most times being accused and cursed. I would love to see some support now.”