Back at school after injury in Beetham attack
By Sasha Harrinanan Thursday, October 3 2013
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Beetham stone throwing victim...
An 11-year-old boy from Tunapuna has gotten his smile back, and has returned to school, one month after undergoing emergency plastic surgery after being struck on the left cheek by a rock.
The Standard Four student was seriously injured on the evening of Sunday, September 1 last, by a rock thrown at his family’s vehicle by angry Beetham Gardens residents as the van headed east along the Beetham Highway.
The residents were at the time protesting the fatal police shooting of 23-year-old Beetham Gardens resident, Christopher Greaves, earlier that day. Ali, the boy’s dad,who requested his family members’ full names not be published, spoke with Newsday yesterday about his son’s treatment and recovery in the four weeks, since the incident occurred.
“My son’s smile came back as soon as the stitches came out last Friday (September 27). We missed seeing him smile while he had on the bandage. The doctors at Mt Hope (Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex) treated him really well. They examined his eyes, ears, nose and throat. Everything is normal so he returned to school on Monday (September 30).”
The younger Ali has a “small scar” on his left cheekbone, but his father expects it fade away eventually. “We thought he might need a second round of surgery, but the plastic surgeon, Dr Ramcharan, did an excellent job.”
Ali also told Newsday his son was able to smoothly re-integrate at school because he had been doing home work during his extended sick leave.
“Every Friday while he was home, the teachers would send that week’s home work and his mom and I would make sure he got it done over the weekend, then send it back to school. He’s a bright boy too, so that helped him keep up,” Ali said with a smile.
Now that his son is well, the businessman’s focus has shifted to repairing the broken window in his seven-seater van.
“Right now I’m driving around with plastic taped up where the left-side window used to be because it is costing $8,000 with shipping and handling to import a new window. Who is going to compensate me for that? No one it seems, since the police haven’t charged anyone for throwing rocks at us.”
Ali was equally frustrated by the fact that two lawyers both said the same thing — “not much can be done in terms of suing someone over what happened to my son, because no one has been held accountable.”
Neither can the Ali family sue the State because they can’t be held accountable for the actions of an inividual person who has no affiliation with any public institution.
Disappointing as this bit of news was, Ali told Newsday the family remains grateful that their son has made a full recovery, from “bleeding all over the van” that evening,to smiling and laughing like any other child who seemingly has not a care in the world.