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Chad Beckford rescues renal failure patients

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 11:00 AMRasbert Turner
Beckford Blood Drive Unit Nurse Tricia Gray attending to Ray Durrant.

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine:

When a close friend of Chad Beckford died as a result of renal failure because he could not afford treatment, Beckford decided that he would set up a clinic to assist patients with the same ailment.

"Even now when I look back and realise it was a lack of funds why he died, it still hurts deeply. Therefore, I am glad that I am able to make proper contribution that will benefit others in similar position," Beckford told Rural Xpress.

positive contribution

Today, Eden Renal Services in Spanish Town, St Catherine, continues to positively touch the lives of many patients. Beckford said patients oftentimes cannot afford treatment but he has to help.

"We deal with it as a business, but treat the patients as family, it means that money cannot be the only motivation. If that's the case, I would not be honouring my friend's memory," Beckford said.

He told Rural Xpress that he is now expanding to the Ministry of National Security to allow its members to benefit from a 20 per cent discount for treatment.

"The police, soldiers, and correctional officers are faced daily with different stress levels. There are members who often come here for treatment and some find it financially difficult. We want to facilitate them with a discount to help them and their immediate family," Beckford said.

Meanwhile, several patients expressed confidence in the services at the facility, which opened its doors in December 2015.

"I have been coming here for the last two years for dialysis treatment. I find it to be a lovely place where the staff are professional and courteous. This makes the interaction more fulfilling. It's like I am making a family visit, and that is a great feeling for me," Roy Durrant said.

His view was echoed by others who said the treatment is one that they look forward to.

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