Immediately after returning from the United States of America (USA) following a successful brain surgery, Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County yesterday paid an appreciation visit to the administration of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFMC) and launched a project to purchase a CT (computed tomography) scan machine for the hospital. Following the launch of the project, Sherman made an initial contribution of US$5,000 on behalf of his family, while his law firm, Sherman and Sherman, also provided an additional US$5,000, totaling US$10,000.
At a brief ceremony, Cllr. Sherman, accompanied by his wife, said his visit was to thank the hospital for the quality of care and services they provided him when he was taken there for treatment after he passed out in May of this year. He narrated how he was at ‘death’s door’ when God through the doctors and nurses at the hospital saved his life. “I believe that I went to ‘death’s door’ and God said, ‘I am not ready for you to come to me.’ So it is your hands that carried out God wills that I did not go at that time,” Sherman said. He said he is alive “because of your medical advice that I should go to the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County for a CT scan, which I did,” Sherman said, adding, that it cost over US$2,000 for a chartered flight to get to Tappita, but if that machine was found in Monrovia, he would not have gone to Tappita.
Cllr. Sherman said he was able to walk the very next day following his brain surgery in the United States, to the astonishment of the doctors there. And when he went to thank the doctors for their excellent care, he said, “they told me, it was because of the doctors who first took care of me,” meaning the JFK doctors, “that my surgery was successful.”
“It is because of that,” Sherman continued, “I am here to launch a project to purchase the CT scan for the JFK. I am going to lobby with my business associates and colleagues to bring the machine here, because it concerned me since I returned to the country,” Sherman assured the administration. “I am going through the recovery process, but the surgery was successful and that I am not incapacitated, I can walk, talk like what I used to do before, and can remember everything that come my way,” Sherman remarked.
While he declined to state the cost of the machine, he also assured the hospital authorities that the funding for the promised equipment will include adequate training of hospital staff to use the machine. He hoped, however, that by the first anniversary of his falling ill, the machine would be dedicated in Monrovia.
Also, Cllr. Moses Paegar, the managing partner of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, promised to support the CT scan project. He lauded the hospital for saving the life of Cllr. Sherman. Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, JFK chief administrator, who received the donations, lauded Sen. Sherman for the contribution towards the CT scan machine. “This donation will go a long way for all of us here, and that I thank the Senator for the confidence he has reposed in us,” Dr. McDonald said. She said the only thing her administration wants is for those the hospital has treated to return and thank them for the services rendered, “for our people.”
“And to be recognized in this manner means a lot for us, because while you people are peacefully sleeping, we are on duty making sacrifices and saving the lives of our people, because we just want for you to say ‘thank you for the quality care you are providing at JFK,'” Dr. McDonald said.