UTech sprinter needs US$4000-surgery to walk again

By September 12, 2018
Keino Hewitt needs emergency surgery to be able to walk again following a horrific accident in east Kingston on Tuesday. Keino Hewitt needs emergency surgery to be able to walk again following a horrific accident in east Kingston on Tuesday.

Athletes at the University of Technology and the MVP Track Club have launched a drive to raise US$4000 needed for critical surgery for one of their own, Keino Hewitt.

Hewitt, a student-athlete at Utech severely injured his spine in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday and needs the surgery if he is to walk again.

The 100m sprinter, and fellow athlete, sprinter Kimberley Leach, suffered serious injuries when the vehicle they were in collided with a public passenger bus in eastern Kingston.

Hewitt suffered broken legs and an injury to his spine, which if not operated on immediately, could result in permanent paralysis.

MVP President Bruce James told SportsMax.TV on Wednesday that the club had already covered some expenses but the cost of the surgery was ‘prohibitive’, he said.

Hence, the athletes and Shanikie Osbourne, one of the coaches at MVP have undertaken a fund-raising drive to raise the money needed for the surgery.

Danielle Dowie, an MVP athlete, posted an appeal on her Instagram page urging the public to help.

“My teammates were in a car accident. We are kindly asking for your donation to help us raise (US$3700) for Keino to undergo his surgery.

She posted an account number 374306405 at National Commercial Bank under the name of Shanikie Osbourne.

“Every dollar counts. We thank you in advance on behalf of Keino, his friends and family.”

It was a year and a day ago that another Utech/MVP athlete Michael Campbell suffered an injury to his spine during a motor vehicle accident on Hope Road in Kingston.

Leighton Levy

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