Battered Dominican teen in Antigua out of hospital; mother seeks help to meet his needs

Azoo recovering in an Antigua hospital after surgery

After spending several weeks at the hospital in Antigua, Dominica Jahhym Azoo is finally home.

Azoo was given a fifty percent chance of survival after about five boys attacked on several weeks ago. He suffered a broken jaw, nose, bleeding from his brain and all this bottom tooth were knocked out. But now that the 17-year-old is home, his family is left with a medical bill that surpasses fifty thousand dollars. His mother Odiel Furlong said she is also finding it hard to meet his daily expenses because he can no longer eat solid foods.

“I’m just calling on the public to help me out with the needs of my son — like liquid food which he has to eat because he cannot eat any hard food, and I also need some help with some medication. At this time, it is very tough and tight with me,” Furlong said.

Meantime Furlong continues to share her frustration over the police’s handling of the case as, according to her, she is still not clear about the progress because not much information has been shared with the family. She also alleged that she was attacked by one of the perpetrators who had initially gone to her children’s school. She said despite multiple reports, the police have yet to arrest all of the alleged perpetrators.

“The police [are] not doing their work. Every time I go to the station, they tell me they can’t find the pickaneerga and them and I am wondering why they can’t find them. I would really like to know what’s going on because this nah sound right. It frustrates me now; sometimes I chip out. This na right to me.”

The police, to date, have arrested and charged two minors with assault with intent to commit murder and have said that there was no indication that there were indeed five boys who attacked and injured Azoo.

The victim and his mother, however, maintain their claim that it was five.

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9 Comments

  1. Kalinago Justice
    October 4, 2019

    :?: It seems like roguish behavior is in the genes of black people; but it seems that they only demonstrate it on their own people :?: All the the countries and islands governed by black people seems roguish,the police never seems to be doing their jobs :?: I hate to be writing this,as I’m someone who doesn’t believe in revenge and vindictive, but I also believe in justice. However, the way I feel about that situation,if I was in the victim’s place and happen to survive the situation, I’d be handing down justice and revenge myself,in the absence of the police and judicial shi.stem doing their job!!! No one is doing that to neither me or family and escape!!!

    • Dannyp
      October 5, 2019

      That is a shameful suggestion. You should be ashamed and you should retract it and apologise. It is sad to see how damaged some people have become by internalising racism.

    • DP
      October 5, 2019

      What a shameful and depressing comment to make. You should retract it and apologise. I think it’s disgraceful that such rubbish should be published.

  2. Calabash
    October 3, 2019

    How does one help?

  3. Dash
    October 3, 2019

    Go on your knees my lady with your candles. Give them candles

  4. TI NOM
    October 2, 2019

    Shame on the antigua police department

  5. Sakah
    October 2, 2019

    Alas boy..this is hard. I feeling for mister mother. I hope they catch those fellas and teach them a hard lesson.

  6. Ibo France
    October 2, 2019

    This is so difficult even to read. The young man will likely need special care for the rest of his life. This situation needs divine intervention.

  7. October 2, 2019

    Wow this must be very tuff for you ma. Be of good courage. God is in control.

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