|For years, time has been working against Omari Williams. The 24-year-old Arima man has had a liver condition since he was 14 which has caused him to get periodically ill ever since. |
Yet no doctor in Trinidad, in either the public or private hospitals ever accurately diagnosed his condition.
Finally, after going to see a specialist at Kings County Hospital in New York in 2001, he was diagnosed with the degenerative liver disease Sclerosing Cholangitis.
The doctors told him since his condition was not properly diagnosed for so long, he would require a liver transplant at a cost of US$150,000 to survive.
His mother, Sandra Elias, is organising a fundraising campaign and benefit concert to meet the cost of the operation.
With the help of Republic Bank, where Omari used to work before his illness forced him to quit, Elias has set up the Omari Williams Relief Fund.
Republic Bank customers can make a donation to the fund at any Republic branch by asking for the fund by name and making a donation to bank account #180462111831.
I am asking people to assist us as much as they can; we really need it, said Elias.
Elias as well as Omaris siblings are all going to be tested as possible donors.
If I have to, there is no doubt I will, she said without hesitation.
Omari just wants to live a normal life. He just wants the chance to do that.
The benefit concert for Omari is scheduled to take place on March 26 at the Jean Pierre Complex.
Comedian Learie Joseph and rapso artists 3Canal have already committed to performing at the benefit.
Any additional artists or interested parties that would like to get involved are asked to contact Elias at 678-4439.