Stricken with grief, Kerry-Ann Ince is pleading for prayers for her baby. Little Xyhir Ince was admitted yesterday at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew following what his doctor believes was a mild stroke.
"This morning I was feeding him and the right side of his body went limp and he stopped talking," Kerry-Ann told The Gleaner.
She immediately called his paediatrician who advised her to take him to the hospital because she suspected he had suffered a stroke.
Three-year-old Xyhir is battling the rare condition, trilateral retinoblastoma and is in need of urgent medical treatment. He is not only completely blind with both eyeballs surgically removed, but he now has brain tumours, which are threatening his life and causing severe pain. One tumour is growing at a rapid rate out of his left eye socket on to the face, while another is growing at the base of his brain, wrapping itself around two main arteries.
Xyhir is in need of critical radiotherapy, but the family has expended all its resources taking his treatment this far and is in need of immediate assistance to try to save his life.
Since Xyhir's story was first published in The Sunday Gleaner on November 11, there has been an outpouring of support.
In addition to the number of persons who have responded to the call, on Friday Opposition Leader Andrew Holness donated $40,000 toward his medical treatment. The Hydel Group of Schools gave $60,000, following a function it hosted in Xyhir's honour during Friday morning's devotion.
"I am so grateful and thankful for all the help and support. A lot of persons have been praying for him and I am asking them to continue. I am holding on to hope that he will be all right, I am not giving up," stated his mother.
"In God we put our trust," added his father, Devon.
For persons wanting to help with Xyhir's medical treatment, contributions can be made to: Xyhir Ince Medical Fund, Bank of Nova Scotia, Spanish Town, account number 831204.