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Devers in remission

Devers in remission Sean Devers. (FP)

Sun, April 21, 2013 - 12:03 AM

Guyanese cricket broadcaster and journalist Sean Devers is in remission after undergoing surgery last October 2 in Trinidad and Tobago to remove a cancerous brain tumour.

An MRI exam on February 21, after a six-week radiation treatment, indicated that all the cancer cells were killed.

Devers is expected to travel to the United States next month for more tests before his final MRI for the year which is scheduled for August. This is to confirm the cancer has not returned.

The 43-year-old former Guyana cricketer has commenced light jogging and should leave Trinidad by month end.

The Kaieteur News employee thanked all the companies and individuals who offered support and prayers.

“I am a living testimony to God’s greatness and I want to inspire others to believe God still works miracles. He directed brain surgeon Robert Ramcharran who did a magnificent job,” he said.

The father of three was full of gratitude to former West Indies captain Brian Lara for the role he played in ensuring he received urgent radiation treatment at the Brian Lara Cancer Treatment Centre after the surgery.

West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, former West Indies opener Suruj Ragoonath and former Guyana and United States all-rounder Lennox Cush were among the cricketers who offered assistance.

Devers also thanked Caribbean media workers for their support.

Cricket commentators Tony Cozier, Joseph “Reds" Perriera, Andrew Mason and Fazeer Mohammed organized fundraising programmes in Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad.

Several television stations in Guyana set up telethons, while newspapers in Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua and Guyana published updates on his condition.    

“Two families accommodated me in their homes in Trinidad after surgery while journalist Visham Ramsaywack took me in for almost four months,” Devers said.

Digicel, Ansa McAl, DDL, Caribbeancricket.com, the Guyana Floodlights Cricket Association, NIS, the Ministry of Health and the West Indies Sports complex, who used its store as a drop-off point for donations, also contributed to second phase of Devers’ treatment.

Devers’ medical cost so far is close to US$55 000 and he has to be monitored for another three years in the event of a relapse.

He said he was trusting God he remained cancer free and returned to full strength to resume work by June.

Devers is still experiencing weakness in his right hand caused by the surgery and has to deal with the psychological aspects of his recovery, but was confident God would see him through. (PR)            

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