Sixteen-year-old Ezekiel Ramsay has not been able to walk with any degree of assuredness, run, or kick a ball since May 2012 when he injured his left knee at school.
These days, when he gets home from school, the first thing he does is head for his bed to rest the aching knee.
The teenager often dreams of pursuing a career as carpenter.
His mother Sophia Ellis wants her son to realize this dream, though she knows his reality is that he cannot stand for long periods, much of what his preferred career demands.
With no income or monetary assistance, the mother sat at her Rock Dundo, St James home during a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, desperately appealing to the public to help her son live a normal life again.
Ezekiel is scheduled to have reconstruction surgery on both knees in early July at the Bay View Hospital by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Tamara Nancoo.
It is estimated to cost $33,000, half of which an unemployed Ellis is being told she has to raise on her own.
“I am desperate to get this help for him because it has not been easy for him. Sometimes he feels like he is falling over because of the left knee. He has not taken part in any sports since this happen. And he is still a young boy,” the
Ellis said her son’s injury occurred on May 16, 2012 Coleridge and Parry School. He was standing on the school pasture having a conversation with a friend when another student ran into him. The then first form student was knocked to the ground, injuring his leg.
Since then, the mother said her son, who wears knee braces for support, has been experiencing intense pain, and has undergone surgery on three occasions in his quest for
Ellis said last year, the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust paid for Ezekiel to have a knee arthroscopy – a surgical procedure that can diagnose and treat problems in the knee joint.
However, the Trust was unable to cover the full cost this time around due to the large number of children on the waiting list, but has offered to pay for up to half of it.
“They said I had help last year; there are other children on the waiting list, and this is a large amount of money. So they asked me to do some fundraising on my own to help,” she explained.
“Right now I am not working; I am not receiving anything from the National Insurance Scheme [and] I am having problems getting maintenance money from the children’s father. I am in no position really to raise this money on my own. I am just asking the public for some help.”
Ellis has her own injury to worry about and said she was simply not physically able to spearhead the process. She cannot sit or stand for long periods, after falling on a wet floor at work and hurting her lower back in 2013.
She too has had surgery in an effort to correct her problem and is considering one more – this one much riskier, and could leave her paralyzed if it does not go as planned.
Ezekiel, who was born with a rare form of bronchitis, was not feeling well during the interview.
However, when asked how he was coping with the injured left knee, which has caused a strain to the right, the teenager said: “I just in a lot of pain.
“It is just a lot of pain. When I get home from school I am in pain because of all the walking and moving around,” said Ezekiel who recently completed an interview at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic to pursue studies in carpentry
Those interested in contributing to Ezekiel’s surgery can do so through account #06157878781004, at the Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited.