Aldith Newman pleads for a chance to ‘live again’

April 17, 2019

Aldith Newman would like nothing better than to go back to her 'juggling', where she does domestic work, and to enjoy her sense of independence.

But these days walking is an effort.

Her troubles started two years ago, when she started having pain in her spine and lower back. The pain would come and go, but when it racked her body, it had a crippling effect on her.

"It basically stopped me from doing everything. Most times I am so worn out after the attacks that I just have to stay in bed," she told the CENTRAL STAR.

Newman, who lives in Longville Park, Clarendon, recently did an X-ray, with the result showing that there is evidence of high-grade spondylolisthesis (displacement of one vertebra compared to another).

The recommendation is for surgery and Newman said she can't even think about setting a date as she hasn't identified the funds to do it.

An invoice from the University Hospital of the West Indies, with a list of prerequisites for the surgery - things she needs to buy - amount to more than $1 million and that doesn't include the cost for surgery.

"I am in so much pain. I am practically living on painkillers for some peace of mind. Added to my pain is the fact that I cannot work to help myself and if I don't do this surgery, then work is out for me," she said, making a valiant effort to hold the tears at bay. "I know there are many needs out there already. But someone, I am hoping ... no praying, that somewhere, somehow, someone can help to take me out of this pain and sense of doom I am feeling," she said.

Newman said she is hoping that her story will move an organisation or someone to help her get back on her feet again.

If anyone wants to assist, she can be contacted at: 876-517-8922.

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