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Whorms grateful for wheelchair

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 8:00 AMRuddy Mathison
Surragee Whorms Jr smiles after receiving his new wheelchair. Also in the picture (from left) are: Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson, Surragee Whorms Sr and Leon Thomas, acting mayor of Portmore.

Twenty-four-year-old paraplegic Surragee Whorms Jr of Daytona, Portmore, St Catherine, has received a wheelchair to assist with his mobility.

The Sunday Gleaner highlighted Whorms' plight and acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas, accompanied by Member of Parliament for the area Fitz Jackson, presented a new wheelchair to Whorms on Sunday.

"After reading his story in The Sunday Gleaner, I was moved, and thinking about the challenges he was having without a comfortable wheelchair, I felt the urgency to assist this young man," Thomas told The Gleaner.

"This will help you to move around more comfortably so take care of it as best as you can," he said to Whorms while making the presentation.

The elated Whorms, in a very upbeat response with a broad smile on his face, expressed thanks to the mayor.

"Thank you! Now mi can go party, dance, fish fry and go watch cricket," he said.

Hyacinth Reid, a resident who has known the Whorms family for more than 15 years, while acknowledging the mayor's gesture, pointed out that the family was suffering badly and needs help.

Reid's assertions that the family of six was having difficult times were supported by Grace Whorms, an older sister who declared that she has the stressful responsibility of caring for her paraplegic brother and another who she said is of unsound mind, plus her 71-year-old father and her two children.

"It's really hard on me. I am finding it difficult to pay attention to my studies and take care of them," Grace Whorms, who is currently pursuing a nursing course at the Kingston School of Nursing, told The Gleaner.

"I need some form of help. Surragee should to be at a place where he can get professional help, and my father is having memory challenges too," she added.

Jackson commended Reid for highlighting the plight of the family, describing her as a true community person. He assured the family that he will be exploring all possibilities so that they can get help soon.

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