Grand Bahama residents appear to be adapting a habit of compassion and charity, constantly finding new ways to give back to those in need.
On Thursday, February 8 2018, during the Grand Bahama Health Services official opening of the Core Competency Strengthening Certificate Program, where nurses in training were certified, a wheelchair was donated to the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH), by a local company.
Amor Ferguson, daughter of Budget Pest Control, proprietor, donated a wheelchair to the hospital following a brief illness, that hampered her ability to walk.
In an interview with Sandra Mortimer-Russell, Acting Administrator for the RMH, she expressed her sincerest gratitude and thoughts on the donation stating, “We appreciate the kind gesture from the Budget Pest Control, because a wheelchair is something that every hospital needs.
“For some reason, they sometimes disappear in places we would not like them to be. We are indeed grateful to Ms. Ferguson for donating a chair that she used for a short period of time.”
Mortimer noted that the chair would soon be used in the transportation of local patients throughout the hospital facilities.
She added that she is looking forward to encouraging more and more persons to donate items to the hospital to benefit those in need.
“We look to other persons coming on board to donate to our hospital, because it is really a need. We appreciate her coming and giving us such a wonderful donation. On behalf of our executive team, we want to say thank you to Ms. Ferguson.”
Speaking to the donation, Ferguson explained the reason behind her gracious giving. “It is really good charity work to help others and to be able to give to those who need it more than you.”
Ferguson added that she owned the wheelchair for a year and rather than having it sit around in her home to collect dust, she thought that it would be more beneficial and charitable to donate the chair to the people of the hospital.
She revealed that between 12 and 13 she developed scoliosis.
Scoliosos is an abnormal curvature of the spine that is caused by a miscommunication between the motor-sensory input and output, from the upper trunk to the lower trunk. This disorder resulted in Fergsuson being hospitalized.
“It was very difficult to walk, sit or lay down ... everything was really hard.”
The donor explained that last year she received spinal surgery and as a result was hospitalized for about two weeks, after which she was released. She was dependent on the wheelchair for about two to four months, but now confirms that she feels better.
Ferguson expressed her gratefulness for being able to donate the wheelchair stating, “It makes me feel good; it makes me feel happy as a person. I’m glad that I’m able to help others.”
• Contributed by Nakia Bethel, Fresh Start Program Intern