St. John’s, Antigua: Tuesday, September 26, 2023: The Calvin Ayre Foundation (CAF) has again come to the aid of another accident survivor, Andy Edwards, whose world almost came to a crashing halt after his bus collided with a truck on Thursday, May 4th, on the Sir Sydney Walling Highway.
According to media reports, the truck was heading west on the highway and attempted to overtake, but lost control and collided with Edwards’ vehicle, which was traveling in the opposite direction.
The 48-year-old self-employed bus-driver’s legs were pinned under the dashboard, resulting in severe injuries to both his legs. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was advised to seek orthopedic surgery overseas by doctors at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center.
According to CAF’s Media Relations Specialist, Jamilla Kirwan, in addition to education, sports and social development, one of CAF’s giving pillars is emergency response. She added that the cost for a medical air ambulance always poses an extreme challenge for most people who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances such as this.
“Andy’s flight was a little over US$40,000,” she explained. “I can just imagine how daunting it must have been to be under such intense pain and still have to consider where the money for air lift would come from.”
According to Kirwan, Andy was accepted by a medical facility in the Cayman Islands, where he will undergo orthopedic surgery.
“We are pleased to have assisted Andy with this gift of restoring his mobility,” Kirwan said. “In fact, he was air lifted right in time for the September 25th acceptance deadline.”
Kirwan extends continued prayers to Andy Edwards during this challenging time, on behalf of the Calvin Ayre Foundation and Ambassador Calvin Ayre.