Double amputee begs on busy highway

September 20, 2017
George Henry, 59, who lost both legs to diabetes commutes from Steer Town to Mamee Bay on a daily basis. Henry currently relies on the kindness of others as he is unable to work in his current condition.
George Henry, 59, who lost both legs to diabetes commutes from Steer Town to Mamee Bay on a daily basis. Henry currently relies on the kindness of others as he is unable to work in his current condition.
George Henry, 59, who lost both legs to diabetes commutes from Steer Town to Mamee Bay on a daily basis. Henry currently relies on the kindness of others as he is unable to work in his current condition.
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The early morning sun hits hard against the face of George Henry as he kneels at the side of the road in Mamee Bay, St Ann.

Like many mendicants, Henry gets up daily, hoping people will put some money in his hands.

"This is how I eat," the double amputee told THE STAR.

One woman said it is heart-rending to see Henry, 59, make the nearly 3.5, kilometre trip on his knees daily from Mamee Bay to Steer Town, where he lives. This 30-minute walk for others is more than a one-hour trip for him.

"He needs help. I am sorry for him 'cause he has it hard," said the dreadlocked woman.

Henry does not have a phone, and he says he doesn't have a good house, either. He hopes to get a new house some day, but for now, he would do well with more people offering a helping hand.

Henry said that before he lost his legs he worked as a craft vendor. He said that he has been unable to work since, forcing him to strap pieces of cloth to his knees and crawl to the exit of the North- South leg of Highway 2000, hoping to pick up his next meal.

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