‘Pain! pain! pain!’
Hanover woman fights on despite losing both arms
MOUNT PETO, Hanover — The challenge faced by double amputee, 20-year-old Jaseine Greenfield, could be described as an unsurmountable hurdle.
Her woes commenced on the morning of Monday, February 13 this year — the eve of Valentine’s Day — when her arms were chopped off during a brutal attack while leaving her grandmother’s home in the usually quiet Mount Peto community for work as a cashier at a wholesale and sports bar in the neighbouring parish of St James.
According to the distraught domestic violence victim, as she made her way down the lonely narrow path to get transportation, she was pounced upon from behind by an enraged man armed with a sharp machete, which he used to chop her all over her body, severing both her arms.
She alleged that her attacker was her estranged husband, Jodelyn Siceron, a Haitian immigrant from whom she had been separated since last December, one year after exchanging vows.
Greenfield said the break-up was as a consequence of repeated physical abuse.
Following the bizarre incident in February, the mother of a six-year-old son underwent an over-12-hour-long surgery at Cornwall Regional Hospital where doctors reattached the severed arms.
Unfortunately, however, the doctors subsequently had to detach the arms due to complications.
She was released from hospital last week.
Acting senior medical officer at Cornwall Region Regional Hospital, Dr Derrick Harvey, said doctors at the hospital tried their best to save Greenfield’s arms.
“The limbs were lost despite every effort to save them. The surgeons tried their best to save the arms… she was in surgery for a very long time where she underwent difficult operations,” said Harvey.
Meanwhile, the accused man, who is facing a charge of felonious wounding in connection with the attack, when he made his first appearance in court, was remanded in custody until March 31.
When the Jamaica Observer West team visited Greenfield on Tuesday, masking her grief she recounted the excruciating physical and emotional pain and sleeplessness which tortured her while in hospital.
“I was taken to theatre and never woke up until Tuesday [February 14] and saw the two hands reattached. But there was not much hope for the left hand, which was very black. Doctors conceded it was very hard to save. The right hand seemed to be okay; it had little life after it was just reattached, but the nerves were not connected to it,” Greenfield said as she narrated the horrific memory.
“The left hand was without feeling, so a week after they [doctors] took it off. They then reattached the nerve to the right hand. I could move it a little, but it was painful. Life was there, but it ‘slow-poison’ and they had to take me back to theatre to take it off back. Mi start cry seh mi don’t have no hand and might as well God take me.”
Noting that she continues to be tortured with severe pain and sleeplessness, Greenfield is, however, eternally grateful to her grandmother, who not only cares for her, but also her son.
“Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes me feel some terrible pain. As long as the night is, me just sit up. Pain! Pain! Pain! Sometimes mi feel like the whole hands are on it, nuff cramps… but doctors seh mi going have that for time being, so that is why I was given nerves pill,” she bemoaned.
But, despite her challenges, Greenfield remains determined to complete her Career Advancement Programme course which, she said, she would have completed by June, had it not been for last month’s tragedy. She said she is planning to venture into tourism upon completion of the programme.
“I only had five months to complete to go out in the hotel sector because mi have mi six-year-old child to support,” she said, adding she was “just holding the cashier job temporarily”.
In fact, Greenfield, who explained that “everything I did, I have to use my hands”, has her sights set on the acquisition of two prosthetic arms in order to “function normally again”. She is now seeking assistance to source the robotic arms.
Meanwhile, Greenfield is advising people in abusive relationships to get out as quickly as possible.
“I would tell dem try get out of it; try seek help because mi don’t want what reach mi reach them, because they might not have the luck like me to live. Maybe God nah guh deh pon dem side, like how God help me fi live. It’s not pretty,” she said.
Added Greenfield: “Me nah go hide mi conscience. If me could reborn and come back in a abusive relationship, to be honest, mi a go a prison because mi a kill the man first. Because since what happen to me, mi just think negative, and mi just have some bad thoughts. Mi don’t know how mi going face the court the 30th [of March] because when mi see him [Siceron] …to see what him do to me, mi going want to do him back.”