(CMR) A GoFundMe account was started to assist the family of Miss Cayman 1989, Tricia Whittaker, who is currently in hospital in a “very frail state” with irreversible brain damage following a stroke last year.
Kim Sweeney, who organized the GoFundme account, said Whittaker, her dearest friend, and her beautiful girls Madison and Olivia desperately need help.
She explained that Whittaker was very ill after contracting the flu in November 2022 and lost consciousness while her daughter Madison was taking her to the hospital.
Sweeney said Madison immediately administered CPR to her mother while waiting on the Paramedics to arrive. The paramedics took over, and during their efforts, she suffered a heart attack; as a result, she was deprived of oxygen for far too long and suffered severe Brain Damage.
Sweeney said Whittaker spent months in ICU on a ventilator, unresponsive.
“We all have been praying for a ‘miracle.' After a few months in ICU, she was able to breathe without the ventilator and was moved to the HDU (High Dependency Unit); unfortunately, that didn't last long, and she is currently breathing through a Tracheotomy with continuous oxygen,” Sweeney stated.
Sweeney, who saw Whittaker recently, said, “She can not speak, but we know she knows we are there, and she can hear us. The doctors don't know how long she has. She is in a very frail state, and it is just so very heart-wrenching.”
She explained that Whittaker has always supported her family as a single mother, but due to this horrific situation, her family has found themselves struggling to afford the most basic needs.
She said the family is also faced with the possibility of high medical bills and would also want to be financially able to carry out Whittaker's ‘end-of-life wishes.'
“Tricia has always been the provider, and she takes great pride in her family and has never been one to ask for help. She is the brightest light and most caring and giving, kind and loving, hard-working human I have ever known. Therefore as her Dearest friend, I am asking on her behalf,” Sweeney said.
To make a donation, click on this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-tricia-whittakers-family?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer