Family looks to public for help as Sassy in coma


Calypsonian and popular media personality Ava Charles Mckenzie, known as Sassy, is presently in a fight for her life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Mount St. John Medical Center (MSJMC).

Her family is desperately seeking the public’s assistance to airlift their mother to the St. Claire Medical Center in Trinidad and Tobago to find treatment for the numerous failing organs afflicting Sassy.

“Even a dollar counts,” implored her son, Orville Charles, today via Facebook.

 “I am humbly begging for your assistance to save my mother’s life.”

Mzkenzie is presently in stable condition but had to be placed in a medically-induced coma as the pain was too great for her to bear.

Doctors are presently trying to identify exactly what is causing the calypsonian’s organs to be shutting down.

The family is seeking EC 140,000 to begin emergency care. Hospital costs total EC 74,000 (or USD 27,000) for a 14-day observation and +/- laparotomy. The air ambulance costs $65,000.

A common reason for a laparotomy is to investigate abdominal pain, but may be required for a broad range of indications. The abdominal organs include the digestive tract (such as the stomach, liver and intestines) and the organs of excretion (such as the kidneys and bladder).

The news of Mckenzie’s hospitalization over the weekend caught many off-guard as many last witnessed her hosting the Calypso Monarch quarterfinals last Friday and, by all accounts, she looked to be in great health and in her usual high spirits. Sassy did complain of abdominal pain, but she attributed it to probable food poisoning of some sort.

Family members Sylvanie Charles (725-2306) and Diana Tuitt (788-2672) are asking to be contacted should the public wants to provide the much-needed assistance.

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  1. wow! Life is so fragile. Everything can change in an instant! I am hoping and praying that she pulls through and is restored back to good health.

  2. Should the government invest in an air ambulance for situations like this? One would be surprised how often that service is needed in Antigua. It can be offered at a subsidized cost to all MBS contributors and visitors who need the services can get out quicker than the 6 to 18 hours it usually takes to get a plane here from Miami.

    Get well soon Sassy.

  3. It’s something the world Boss should seriously look into after pumping all that money in LIAT and it’s still expensive for the citizens to fly LIAT. Don’t let an other territory beats us on that!! My prayer are with you Sassy and your family 😇

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