Mom seeks help for paralysed daughter

July 28, 2022
Eight-year-old Tamara Noble was left paralysed after the taxi in which she was travelling crashed in Trelawny five years ago. She is pictured here with her mother, Stacy-Ann Reeves Noble, and dad, Camar.
Eight-year-old Tamara Noble was left paralysed after the taxi in which she was travelling crashed in Trelawny five years ago. She is pictured here with her mother, Stacy-Ann Reeves Noble, and dad, Camar.

On the morning of February 17, 2017, the life of Tamara Noble, of Coopers Pen, Trelawny, was changed when she was involved in a car accident on Market Street in Falmouth.

Her mother, Stacy-Ann Reeves-Noble, put her in the car which Tamara usually takes to school along with 10 other students. But minutes after the car left, Reeves-Noble received a call that there was a crash and Tamara had died. She rushed to hospital where she saw Tamara, who was four years old at the time, alive, but bleeding from the nose with blood all over her face.

"Dem stitch up her face an' give mi her to go home. Later in the night she tell mi she no have no foot. In the morning she start bawl fi her belly. We carry her to hospital an' dem give her something an' she pass out a whole heap a urine," Reeves-Noble recalled. But Tamara's legs were still immobile so she was flown by helicopter to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew.

"After a whole heap of test dem tell mi her spine is damaged and that is why there was no feeling in the feet. She was paralysed from the waist down. Mi say 'God a wha dis?'," Reeves-Noble questioned the Almighty. Since then Tamara has been forced to use a wheelchair. Reeves-Noble, who is employed as a caregiver at Hague Primary School, told THE STAR that it has been a great struggle to cater to her daughter's needs.

"I have to buy Pampers and other sanitary conveniences. I have to take her for physiotherapy once per week. This is killing me as it cost $6,500 per visit. It hard an' a just the mercy of God a carry wi," said the mother of two. Reeves-Noble is appealing to any person or company to help cover her daughter's health costs which keep on climbing.

"I have a little space in front of the yard where I could open a little shop. Right now the hotel is being built and a lot of people come to Coopers Pen daily. If I get help to stock a little shop it would help greatly. Lord Jesus, speak to someone's heart so they can help mi," she said.

The physiotherapy is working because there is movement in Tamara's legs. Her ambition is to become a doctor so she can help children who may experience what she is now living. Tamara's teacher at Hague Primary, Thorna Neita, said that she has an average of 80 per cent.

"She is a bright and attentive student who does not give up. I see a bright future for her despite her situation," Neita said.

Persons wishing to assist Stacy-Ann Reeves-Noble may contact her at 876-283-8315 or donate to the Falmouth branch of National Commercial Bank, account number 444-3973-65 in the name of Stacy-Ann Reeves.