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Chuck Fenda Foundation makes plea to finance heart operation
Curtis Campbell, STAR Writer

Reggae artiste Chuck Fenda is using his Chuck Fenda Foundation as an avenue to provide assistance to 59-year-old Sylvester Barrett who is suffering from a life-threatening heart condition.

Chuck Fenda is currently providing assistance as it relates to purchasing Barrett's medication and financing transportation, however, the artiste says he needs assistance from corporate Jamaica, artistes and others to make contributions towards financing Barrett's $2-million medical bills.

Barrett, who is a mechanic and small-time farmer, says he is unable to work because of the severity of his illness.

He also told The STAR that he has two children in high school and he wants to live to take care of them.

Very painful

"The arteries are blocked and the valves that run the blood to my heart burst so the blood is running into my lungs, so I can hardly breathe. It is very painful sometimes and right now I can't afford to do the operation because the hospital say I need to have $2 million upfront. I am asking the public, please for some strong help because I don't have this money and I don't want to die. I have two young children going to school right now," Barrett told The STAR.

Chuck Fenda says he knows Barrett as a kind resident from St Thomas. The artiste also criticised the island's medical system, calling it unfortunate that somebody could lose his or her life because the price of doing an operation is too high.

"The Chuck Fenda Foundation is assisting with medication but we can't finance the total fee for the operation so I am asking Jamaica to come on board. We want corporate Jamaica to try and help because it's our brother and we can't allow him to go down like this. There must be a way in the system for the poor and needy and the less fortunate. It can't and should not be a case where Jamaicans are dying because they can't afford to do operations. It makes me wonder how much people have died because of this," Chuck Fenda said.

Chuck Fenda also commended Shaggy for his contribution to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, but also added that somebody needs to pay serious attention to Jamaica's health policies on a whole, especially to its pricing and impact on the lower class.

Persons interested in donating to the cause can send money to NCB account number 644243257.

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