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From the wheelchair to the polling station

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:25 PM
Juliet Teape


Nine months ago Juliet Teape was declared a paraplegic after she became ill and could not walk.

"They gave up on her and most people said she would not live past (last) July," revealed Viviene Burris, who took in Teape and became a second 'mother' to her.

Today, with the aid of a wheelchair, Teape was among the scores of voters who turned up at Content Gap Primary School, in St Andrew East Rural, to cast her ballot.

"God is so good that she is able fi come out a the wheelchair, all a step over fence now," Burris told The Gleaner.

Teape said she was determined to cast her vote "because it is important for me to help make a change in this country."

"It's important for me to have a say. Tonight when the votes are being counted, I know that I had a say whatever the result is," she underscored.

"It means a whole lot to me. If I had to go to the doctor, don't think I would go. It is that important to be here today," she emphasised.