Baby Gregory Mena on the road to recovery Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

At the behest of former councilor Philip Willoughby we spent most of the afternoon with him on Tuesday March 20th as he went about doing work with a two year old NGO he helped to establish called One Struggle (see more on page 5).

The brightest spot in our visits was one we made with baby Gregory Mena and his mother Kayla Stevens. We met the spritey toddler with his mother, he was breastfeeding and the ever playful Willoughby pulled him from his suckle to have a bit of fun with him. He was put on the ground and he quickly walked back to his mother where he was once again placed back on his mother’s breast and all was good.

As baby Gregory went back to feeding, his mom lamented the state of affairs in the city, and in the same breath thanked God for the mercy for spearing her son’s life. The day before, on Monday March 19th, Willoughby had taken her to the hospital, Gregory had an asthma attack which was controlled, at the same time the stitches to three of his toes were removed. Kayla says she and the doctors were pleased at the outcome as two joints for each of the three toes were saved.

Willoughby says he is also very happy that baby Gregory is walking normally once again. Willoughby has been one of the leaning pillars for Gregory’s mother who has been living with the consequences of gun violence in Belize City. The former councilor says he’s trying to do the best he can to try the impossible task of bringing back this family’s life back to normal as quickly as possible.

On Wednesday February 28 March at around 9p.m. 32 year old Alexander Carr went to visit his daughter he has with Kayla on Neal’s Penn Road, when gunmen stormed into the yard and started to shoot indiscriminately. As a result of the attack baby Gregory was shot to the foot causing him to lose a portion of three of his toes. Carr succumbed to his injuries on the spot. Police are yet to make an arrest on this case.