Boy shot by police to get artificial leg
June 16, 2002
Vincent Griffith Jnr, the 12-year-old who lost his leg after being accidentally shot by police in December 2001, will receive an artificial leg.
Minister within the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Bibi Shadick made the disclosure during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), a press release stated.
According to the release, the limb was manufactured at a cost of $80,000 by the National Orthopaedic and Prosthetic (NOP) workshop, a division of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre. Shadick indicated that the cost will be handled by the Difficult Circumstances Division of her ministry, the release said.
The limb, a left below-the-knee prosthesis, will be fitted on the youngster shortly before a formal presentation is carried out, the release stated.
Griffith Jnr, a Berbice High School (BHS) student, had his left leg amputated just below the knee on December 12, 2001 at the New Amsterdam hospital after police in that town shot him in a house at Smithfield/Mt Sinai the said afternoon while searching for a wanted man.