Former Teacher and Social Work Needs Help to Be Medically Diagnosed and Treated

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Updated: April 5, 2016

As with many diseases and disorders, Belize is unequipped to diagnose a woman’s case although local doctors have referred to it as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s.  The family says that a local neurologist had diagnosed her based on symptoms but lacked any proper medical testing to verify.  About three years ago, Sherlie Hamilton began with shaky hands and a tremendous slowing down of her speech and cognitive skills.  Sherlie has been a social worker for 18 years and her family says their research has led them to several disorders that carry the same symptoms and now they are hopeful that it may just be a bacteria or virus she had contracted in her line of work.  The dilemma is that the only way they can find out is if she is taken abroad for medical tests which require a significant amount of money.  To compound to the family’s problems, Sherlie was diagnosed with non-viral hepatitis which has subsequently led to cirrhosis of her liver.  The will and support of her family is strong but they are lacking the financial means in getting the mother tested and treated abroad which has led them to creating an account at www.gofundme.com .  On the website there is a personal appeal from Sherlie via a video recording in which the 52-year-old mother says that she misses being the active person she used to be and now she is unable to do the things she used to.  Sherlie has served Belize well as she was a primary school teacher prior to working in human development and has also served as the Chairlady of her village.  She is the mother of an 11-year-old son who had Down syndrome.  The family is appealing to citizens and friends to contribute to the site as they try to get Sherlie the medical attention needed which has been estimated to be one hundred thousand US dollars as was quoted by a medical centre in New York, USA.  Since it is difficult for Sherlie to open a personal account at the bank, her daughter, Colleen Hamilton is handling the financial affairs.  She can be contacted at 607-9454 for cash donations or you can go to the Go Fund Me website and make your pledge there.