Opposition Leader concerned about Children's Life Fund's rejection of Shannen

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 11:00

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expressing concern over the rejection by the Children’s Life Fund to a request for assistance for 4-year-old Shannen Luke.

On Tuesday the head of the Children’s Life Fund rejected an application for assistance on two grounds.

Those were a suggestion that the child’s medical condition was not life-threatening and that the Fund does not grant funds as reimbursement for money that has already been paid.

There are reports today that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar spoke personally with Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh on this matter and even wrote to him seeking his assistance.

However, Minister Deyalsingh says the law cannot be bent.

His comment comes after an application made to the Children's Life Fund by the parents of the four-year-old was rejected. 

The family now has to repay over $1 million after their trip abroad where surgery will be done.

The minister is now suggesting that all supporting documents were not filed when the parents of Shannen Luke made their application.

Four-year-old Luke is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

The minister says it was regrettable that the funds were not made accessible to the family but stresses that protocol must be followed. He is confident the decision of the Children’s Life Fund cannot be challenged.