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Shooting victim, 4, back home; loses sight in right eye

Published: 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sarah Headley, centre, leaves the Eric Williams Medical Complex, Mt Hope, with her mother Alisha and grandfather, Conan St Hillaire, yesterday. Four-year-old Sarah was shot in the forehead on May 20 when a gunman opened fire at a car in which she and her mother were passengers. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE

One day shy of three weeks after being shot in the forehead, four-year-old Sarah Headley walked out of the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex, Mt Hope, yesterday, after two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit. Nevertheless, Sarah has lost the sight in her right eye. 

 

 

Outside the hospital yesterday, Sarah’s mother, Alisha Headley, said she was excited to have her child back home after her ordeal and was very happy she was alive, adding that despite the loss of sight in her right eye things could have been much worse for her first-born.  "I feeling real happy that Sarah is coming home,” she said. “That day was the worst. Thank God, (I am) feeling so happy today that she is going home. Thank God for doctors and nurses.

 

“I was always praying and other people were praying so I had the belief that she was coming home back." As her mother spoke, Sarah, who still has a bullet lodged in her neck, stood in silence, smiling occasionally at the media cameras. Doctors say removing the bullet from Sarah’s neck would pose a greater risk to her than leaving it there. Her mother said her daughter was a very lucky child as doctors told her the child’s brain could have been affected because of the path the bullet took. 

 

She said her daughter was talking and everything seemed normal, adding that she "got back her Sarah." "I feel like she was given a second chance. First thing we would do when we reach home is to get something to eat and look at television," Headley said. Sarah was hit by an unknown gunman who opened fire while she and her mother were in a taxi around 8.15 pm on May 20 while they were on the way to their home at Upper L’Anse Mitan Road, Carenage. 

 

The gunman was reportedly shooting at the occupants of another car.