Sunday Observer readers give Dr Jerlene Brown strong support

Sunday, October 28, 2018

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OBSERVER ONLINE readers reacted positively to last Sunday Observer's story detailing incidents that involved medical practitioner Dr Jerlene Brown, who, among other things, treated the man who had years before orchestrated a gun attack against her father and herself which left them injured. Weeks later, her father was killed on that sameperson's request .

The article, headlined 'Doctor treats man who tried to kill her', also received overwhelming responses from all over the world, with television stations, radio entities, social media practitioners and agencies diving into the good qualities demonstrated by Dr Brown, a past student of Marymount High School in St Mary and Titchfield High School in Portland, who studied medicine in Cuba after she received a scholarship following solid performances in local examinations.

The story also outlined the challenges she faced in speaking with an elected official in Portland to assist her with furthering her education, and the efforts made by veteran surgeon Dr Ray Fraser in securing a scholarship for her to Cuba, placing her at Annotto Bay Hospital where she came face to face with the man behind the brutal attack on her.

Here are some of the comments:

Blitz •

What a selfless, kind-hearted human being!! The struggles you endure, the tenacity against so many hurdles. Many would have given up yet you persevered because you dreamed a dream and broke down barriers. May the good Lord continue to bless you. Many would have given up.

treva •

What an incredible story! And what an incredible young lady! You survived all that for a reason. You are here for a purpose. Sorry for the loss of your father. You see, what goes around comes around. The wicked won't always prosper.

The ditch they dug, they will fall in.

“Wait on Lord, be of good courage, and he will strengthen thee.. All the best Dr Brown. God bless.

Seppo Carr •

Fascinating story of survival, courage, resiliency and the power of mentorship. There is obviously a “half that hasn't been told”, but Dr Brown can save that for the memoir.

oldtimer12 •

I am humbly submitting that her story and Dr Fraser's meritorious assistance is what Jamaicans can truly be proud of, and they are more deserving of a statue than people whose God-given athletic ability have earned them fame and fortune. God bless you, Dr Brown.

Paddy5 •

“One time he locked himself in the office and told them to tell me that he was not there,” she said......No surprise. The politician got his votes, won his seat, and he doesn't care about the people until next voting time.

Tony •

Dr Brown, congratulations on your dream and your determination of never giving up — your dad would have been proud of you. Those gentlemen that shot you and eventually returned and killed your dad had no idea of the conquences of Karma—well they got what they deserved. Keep strong and keep helping others. A big congrats again — Observer this is a story that needs to be reprinted and shared again.

observer •

Dr Brown is an example of determination, hard work and flexibility. She was placed in an extremely difficult situation. Here was the man involved in her father's murder and her near death. If she didn't treat him, she would have betrayed the Hippocratic Oath. If she treated him, she would be open to the suspicions that she speaks about. She did the right thing, but that's a reason why I'm not a doctor.

darmic3 •

Rather interesting story of family 'warring' over lands; I've seen a few of those in my lifetime.

The doctor was caught up in a real catch-22 situation, between her professional responsibilities and the conflict of facing her father's killer (and someone who tried to kill her). I think despite her saying there were no other interns, she should've communicated with someone higher up at the hospital that it'd be best if another person be found to attend to that particular patient. No matter how many denials she makes, those connected to that man she treated will always believe she killed him. Consequently, feelings will forever be carried for her, and God forbid, a need to get back at her.

Cheryl Redman •

As a medical professional she has a duty of care which she carried out well. Her personal beliefs and that of others are secondary to the needs of the PATIENT in front of her. She did her job well and I would have done the same.

RasBenjiMassop •

Doctor, you are a blessing to humankind. Wishing you further success, and peace.

One love still.

Sondon •

Good will always overcome evil, my dear Doctor. They tried to take your life, never let them take your mind; just keep on shining. Your testimony will inspire others.

Clinton Clarke •

Well said, doctor. No weapon that forms against you shall prosper. You were born for a reason. God be with you always.


What a strong woman! Her hard word, determination and sacrifice should be inspiration to many people of how to fight against the odds and achieve your ambition. Imagine being shot so many times as a teenager and yet focus enough to continue her education. It takes a lot of courage to avoid conflict even after losing your father... and in the end they died leaving whatever they were killing for. Continue to do good, Dr Brown and leave the wicked to time.

Sylvia Griffin •

Tears, tears, doc. You are a better person than me. I would not treat that man. He would stay till someone else come. As I said, you are a better person than me. Stay strong.

Winston D Barrett •

An amazing story. This lady should be applauded and commended for her grit and determination to achieve her ambitions. The attack on her and her dad demonstrates how cruelly hard it is to live in this country. So much for the security that this society claims it offers to it's people. I salute you, Dr!

Wayne White •

Dr Brown is a true professional, one who is as passionate about her profession as she is about her dad, education and life. I do not know her, but I love her already.

Isaac N Onywere •

Your story is breathtaking; you have gone through rough times in your life. I hope most young people will read your motivational books and listen to your motivational speeches. God continue to bless you.

PlainTalkMN •

A true professional and a credit to the profession of medicine. Keep up the good work and do your best — I know you will.

Errol Hobson •

This should be made into a movie. She should write a book and tell all. I'm sure we only got a tip of what really happened and her life overall. I'd be the first in line to buy her book and watch the film. A true survival story — one of family conflicts over property, malicious behaviour, attempted contract murder, murder, hardship, mental suffering, the loss of her father, having to find her way on her own, determination, guts, drive, the pain the heartaches, hunger, rejection, help she got, how she had to choose studying abroad, the outcome of the wicked.. etc, etc, etc. She is a true woman of substance. What a story! I will never again complain about life.

Naturegirl •

What a story! What a testimony! Dr Brown you are truly an inspiration to ppl who would eschew evil and live uprightly. Thank you for that story. Ppl like you give us hope and courage to continue in this harsh, aggressive society full of some belligerent, vindictive individuals. I just love you. Your story brought me to tears. Keep up the excellent work; the creator knows why he spared you. I wish you all the best.

Margaret Hunter •


Dr Brown, your aspirations and your determination of never giving up are to be commended. I'm sorry your dad passed, he would have been proud of you. Those men who shot you and returned and killed your dad had no idea of the conquences of karma — what they got was deserving. Keep strong and continue to higher heights. Respects to Dr Fraser who stood up for you..Need more persons like him. Blessings!!


My dear doctor, thank you for telling your story. It is as inspirational a story as I've ever heard! Shame on that Dr Rhodd! At such a young age you have overcome immense adversity and have persevered to accomplish your goal. Your memoirs will be fascinating, I'm sure!

hapley63 •

Dr Ray Fraser again. You are a great man, sir. Considering the two stories I read recently, these are probably just two of many Jamaicans you have helped. Congrats, Dr Jerlene Brown, and please be careful.

Claudia Alexander •

Dr Brown... my son was admitted for 5 days at St Ann's Bay hospital due to asthma. You were one of his doctors. I have nothing but respect for you because you are a kind, compassionate soul. Really sorry for the hurt you have undergone, but I know it has made you stronger. I join with others in welcoming you to St Ann. You have work to do here. God bless you!

concerned •

You left him to to time and see how many ailments he had? Karma for him.

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