Family Needs Help 'Resting' Teen Who Died The Day Of Birthday Party

Ann Marie Steele of Waterloo in Manchester is seeking help to bury her son, 16-year-old Sadike Robinson.

Robinson, who suffered from leukemia, died on the day his family was hosting his birthday party.

"It was his birthday the Tuesday, (March 26,) and he told us to keep the party on Friday.

He got up in the morning, ate his breakfast and was watching TV then took a sit on the verandah.

But while he was there he told me he is not feeling well, and that he needs to go to the hospital to get some oxygen," she said.

Steele said that she rushed him to the Mandeville Regional Hospital, where he later died.

"He was on the bed, and the doctor told me to go and register his name and return. Just as i were to leave, he calls at me saying: 'Mommy, don't go, I am going to die'. As I returned to him, he was dead," she lamented.

Steele said Robinson was her first son and the third of six children. He was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 10.

She said this placed a financial strain on her family, and her son was denied what she considers a normal childhood.

"He attends the Mile Gully High School for one term. But because of his sickness, we had to take him out of school.

Most of his time was spent in the hospital. Sometime when him deh UWI hospital, I had to stay up there wid him, because I couldn't afford to keep on coming back down," she said.

She said she has sought help from her counselor to bury him, but this has not been forthcoming.

"I'm not getting the help I need. I check with the councilor for my area and have not yet received a response. His package is for $260,000. I have him at Nash Funeral Home in Mile Gully, and mi cya afford it. I have a little bit, but not what to cover it," she said.

And with the funeral planned for less than two weeks from now , Steele said she's worried.

"I am stressed because am not getting any help anywhere. Every time I try to sleep I feel like the days are running out, I just feel worse," she said


Persons willing to assist Steele, can contact her at; 876-559-3404 or 876-403-1487.

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