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Chain of misfortune creates obstacles for young woman

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 4:00 AM

Terry-Ann Walters, 24, wants to chase her dreams. Walters' passion is to become a caregiver in the nursing field. However, a catalogue of disasters has since tumbled down on her like a ton of bricks, blinding, crippling and, in the process, shattering her dreams.

Walters, a diabetic from childhood, experienced tragedy at 15 when her mother died, effectively setting her life on a downward spiral. However, that blow was just the beginning of an existence characterised by excruciating pain and illnesses, and by the time she was 16 years old, the former Vere Technical High School student was completely blind.

After being forced to remove a finger and a toe because of diabetes complications, Walters' condition deteriorated rapidly and, within a year, she was paralysed with what doctors later diagnosed as Human Papilloma Virus (HTC) 1 and 2.

"I cannot just give up like that, I don't live any life yet, and so I want to be able walk again but ..." she said as her voice broke and tears flooded her eyes and ran down her cheeks.

"I have been through so much, emotionally, physically, and otherwise. It is just tough and unimaginable the pain I am going through. You wouldn't know. My mother dead, I became blind, drop out of school, and now I can't walk. My father have to do everything for me; feed me, bathe me, everything, and he is a man," Walters said.

few successes

She said while she has had a few successes in her fight to stay alive, which includes cataract surgery in Cuba that partially restored her sight, financial constraints are enhancing her struggles.

This, she said, is further exacerbated by the inability of her father to work, and with medications, diagnostic tests and other related expenses piling up, her hope to recover is rapidly fading.

"My father is my only source, but he don't have a job and sometimes when he get a little thing to do, he can't even do it because of me," the young woman said.

"I am dying to get a wheelchair, probably a motorised one so that I can move around by myself and go to church sometimes," she said.