Nicardo Vincent suffers from a condition (as yet unknown) that has rendered him unable to walk or use his hands. As a result of this, he is unable to stand or even sit up on his own.
After 7 years of not being able to attend school, have fun with other children or do much on his own, a wheelchair for him would be the first step towards living a normal life. Patricia Vincent, his mother, shares a heartbreaking story of not knowing there was anything wrong with her son until it was too late. When he was born, she says, no one told her he wouldn’t be able to walk or talk properly even though his condition has existed since birth. Now, she is his constant caregiver. While trying to earn for her family through a small shop she owns in her community in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she has to be with Nicardo throughout the day to ensure that he gets all the care he needs.
All the schools she has contacted have insisted that Nicardo will not be able to attend until he can sit up in class without constant supervision and assistance. To offer support, friends of the “Yaadinfo” Facebook and Twitter social media accounts have come together to crowdfund a wheelchair and physiotherapy for Nicardo. This is the first step in Nicardo’s development. With this wheelchair, equipped with the necessary spinal support mechanism, as well as consistent physiotherapy sessions, he can be considered for school and make great strides in living with some semblance of normalcy. Yaadinfo has also arranged for assistance from Food for the Poor, and have had Nicardo examined at the Sir John Golding Rehab centre. Currently 30% of the target has been met, and it is our hope to reach our goal by July 31.