A fundraiser last night, April 22, 2023, for Keisha Almorales who is recovering from Guillain Barre Syndrome has raised over $7000.
Keisha’ condition had sent her into a coma late last year and had seen her heart stop beating at one point.
She has; however, made a significant recovery following levels of care that began at Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital and subsequently at a hospital in Trinidad, her homeland.
Ms Eileen Burke and Keisha's identical
twin sister Ria were overjoyed by the turnout for the fundraiser,
despite the event being on a rainy evening. P
Therapy can help Keisha walk again!
Today, Keisha is still unable to walk but, according to medical experts, she can be up on her feet with the required therapy. It was as a result of this that her employer, Mi Amor Jewellers-owned and operated by Ms Eileen Burke- organised and executed a gala event at Sevens at the Pier, auctioning items and attracting donations to offset expenses being incurred for Keisha’s therapy.
Ms Burke and Keisha's identical twin sister Ria were overjoyed by the turn out, despite the event being on a rainy evening.
"My sister Keisha and I are very wonderful people. We love and give from our hearts without looking for anything in return but it took my twin's illness to realise how much we are loved here in the BVI. People give and give, prayed with us and we are so thankful,” Ria stated.
Keisha was emotionally moved by the tremendous outpour of support, and she constantly broke into tears.
Dr Jerry Smith, the Managing Director of Theraphy Works, was the guest speaker at the fundraiser for Keisha Almorales.
Keisha needs the community’s support- Dr Jerry Smith
Dr Jerry Smith, the Managing Director of Theraphy Works, was the guest speaker at the fundraiser.
He explained that Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare but serious autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system. Essentially, the body's immune system begins to attack the nerves, which can lead to weakness, numbness, and even paralysis in some cases. It can be a frightening and overwhelming experience for those who are affected by it, and it often requires a team of healthcare professionals to manage and treat the symptoms.
"I want to emphasise that individuals with any life-altering medical condition need support and encouragement from their community. It can be an incredibly difficult time for them and their loved ones. They need to know that they are not alone in their fight and that there are people who care about their well-being and are willing to help in any way they can," Dr Smith said.
He emphasised that Keisha is just one of many individuals who are affected by a medical condition that requires extensive support.
“As a community, we need to come together to support Keisha and others like her who are facing similar challenges. It is our responsibility to provide the necessary resources, support, and care to help these individuals overcome their obstacles,” Dr Smith stated.