He fought hard - Jermaine Barrett's family mourns his passing

September 25, 2017
Jermaine Barrett lost his battle with cancer.
Jermaine Barrett flanked by his sisters Chantel Dias (left) and Shanice Dias at their home in Mt Salem, St James.
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The family of Jermaine Barrett has been plunged into mourning and is struggling to come to terms with the loss of their beloved son and brother.

Barrett, 28, lost his battle with cancer yesterday while at home in Mt Salem, St James.

When contacted, his mother Jean Carroll was too distraught to speak for long.

However, she told THE STAR that though she was not doing too well, she is coping with the current reality. Barrett was Carroll's only son.

Carroll also told our news team that she is trying to hold the family together during its time of grieve.

Barrett's story captivated Jamaicans and caught the attention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness who made a commitment to assist him with getting treatment overseas.

Barrett was first featured in THE STAR in April 2016, when he was pleading for help to go overseas to treat what was then a mysterious growth on his face.

It was later diagnosed as a cancerous tumour.

However, despite receiving multiple treatments overseas, Barrett was unable to beat the disease.

The passing of Barrett also saddens Shena Carty, president of charity group Jamaican Madhouse, who has stood by the family.

"Jermaine was not there in body and mind in his last few weeks, and I saw it coming, but I can't help but being sad," a grieving Carty told our news team.

Barrett returned to Jamaica on August 18, after spending a year at a medical facility in New York where he underwent eight surgeries.

Our news team, who has been in constant dialogue with his family, understands that Barrett spent most of his days in bed sleeping.

He hardly had the strength to speak, and when he did, his words were slurred.

His sisters, Chantel and Shanice Dias, attended to him on a daily basis.

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