Five-year-old Mickele Allen, who was attacked by approximately eight dogs in his St D’Acre community over the weekend, left Jamaica on Friday (November 20).
Allen is to receive treatment at the Montefiore hospital in New York, his trip was organized by a group of Jamaicans abroad.
According to one of the organizers of Allen’s trip, Andrew McGlone, it was necessary for the five-year-old to leave Jamaica as he was at risk of developing a life-threatening infection and needed a surgery that was not available on the island.
McGlone revealed that over 100,000 USD was raised for the boy and his mother to travel to the United States, however noted that the team faced major difficulties in securing passports and visas for the two.
“Unfortunately, Mickele needs urgent treatment to avoid a life threatening infection and the kind of surgery he needs is unavailable, currently, in Jamaica, the real issue wasn’t raising the 120,000 USD to carry out the surgery and look after him and his mother, it was really because the mother and child did not have passports,” said McGolne who spoke with a local radio station while on route to Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport.
Allen left Jamaican on a Delta Airlines flight and is scheduled for surgery on Saturday.