Office of the Prime Minister contributes $25,000 to comatose chess champion's medical bills

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 20:00

The Office of the Prime Minister has contributed $25,000 towards the medical assistance of former Chess champion Della Marie Walcott.

The announcement was made in a media statement issued this afternoon.

It stated:

"The Office of the Prime Minister has made a contribution of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) towards financial assistance for medical expenses incurred at St. Clair Medical by Miss Della Marie Walcott, former Chess Champion of Trinidad and Tobago.

It is the sincere hope of the OPM that other corporate and private citizens will contribute to this and other deserving causes in Trinidad and Tobago."

14-year-old Walcott slipped into a coma last week following brain surgery to decompress her brain which was swollen as a result of being diagnosed with obstructive hydrocephalus.

This was due to a cyst and tumor embedded in the brain stem.

The medical bills are in excess of $600, 000.00 to date and rises every day she remains at St. Clair Medical.