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Saturday, April 29, 2006

From Lenny Armogum

LYNEAR JOHNSON, in front with balloons, with her mom Vanessa Bellamy and Dr. John Mitchell, behind her, leaving hospital yesterday.

LYNEAR Johnson, the Guyanese skin cancer patient being treated in New York, was discharged at 11:30 h yesterday and was very excited about going home after spending five weeks at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Dr. John Mitchell, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Brooklyn Hospital Center was her primary care physician.

Dr. Moo Young Jun performed the head and neck surgery while Dr. Nadeem Choudry did the reconstructive surgery. They were assisted by Dr. Jean Bismuth and Dr. Dino Martinez.

Lynear also had to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the skin cancer.

Ms. Hutchikson, a nurse who is the Patient Care Manager of the surgical floor, also took a special interest in Lynear's condition. There were also nurses from the Utilisation Review and Discharge Planning Department to bid Lynear goodbye.

DR. NADEEM CHOUDRY, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon.

The mood was festive as Lynear was leaving the hospital. The nurses were hugging and wishing her good luck. The official photographer of the Brooklyn Hospital Center was taking photographs. A videographer was also present.

Her mother, Ms. Vanessa Bellamy, said the nurses were very good when treating her daughter.

Nineteen-year-old Lynear experienced months of agony as the cancer resulted in painful abscesses on her face and parts of her neck.

She is an albino and her skin has no protection from the sun and she went with her mother to the U.S. for surgery after funds were raised in Guyana following appeals in the media.

Her trip was sponsored by the Health and Education Reform for Guyana group based in New York.

IICA hails Sawh’s vision
THE Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has pledged to continue its support to the government and people of Guyana to ensure that late Minister Satyadeow Sawh’s vision for the development of the agricultural and rural sectors will continue and the objectives ultimately achieved.

Sawh’s “capable management” saw significant achievements in Guyana’s agricultural diversification thrust, resulting in increased production and export of non-traditional commodities to Europe, the United States of America and the Caribbean,” IICA stated.

Director General of IICA, Dr. Chelston W.D. Brathwaite, said the organisation “is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic and untimely death of the Honourable Satyadeow Sawh, other members of his family and his security staff.”

Minister Sawh, his siblings Rajpat Rai Sawh and Pulmattie Persaud, together with security guard Curtis Robertson were executed last Saturday morning.

“We commend his leadership for the successes achieved during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture held in Guyana in 2003. This has set the standard for all future events of this nature in the region,” IICA stated.

The organisation said his leadership capabilities in the areas of agriculture and rural development were well noted by his ministerial colleagues in the wider Caribbean and the hemisphere.

“His able chairmanship of the most recent session of the Special Agriculture COTED resulted in several critical decisions being taken, including the adoption of measures for the implementation of the ‘Jagdeo Initiative’ for the repositioning of Caribbean agriculture,” IICA stated.

"The late minister will also be remembered as a very active member of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture. His incisive and forthright interventions won the admiration of counterparts throughout the Americas,” it added.

The organisation said Sawh will be sorely missed in the IICA family.

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