Intensive therapy for injured prison officer
June 20, 2002
Injured Prison Officer, Roxanne Winfield, has begun an intensive period of
physiotherapy, after having undergone successful treatment in Trinidad and
Tobago over the last three months.
Winfield returned to the country on Saturday and is participating in intensive
physiotherapy sessions at a city hospital while being cared for by family
Winfield, a 37-year-old mother of three was shot in her left jaw by one of a
gang of five felons who fled the Camp Street prison on February 23 last. A
colleague, Troy Williams, who was also injured at the time of the jailbreak died
as a result of his injuries.
The five escapees - Andrew Douglas, Dale Moore, Shawn Browne, Troy Dick
and Mark Fraser - have since evaded law enforcement officials who have
launched a massive manhunt to secure their recapture.
According to a relative of the injured officer, she returned to the country after
three months of intensive treatment and was briefly accommodated at a city
hospital for evaluation.
Winfield was released on Monday and was said to have returned to her home
where she is being cared for by her sisters during the day and her husband at
She is said to be continuing to respond fairly well to treatment and is partly able
to recognise some relatives as well as her immediate family.
Since her return she has already undergone two sessions of intensive
physiotherapy and is expected to continue this course of treatment for the
The Guyana Prison Service (GPS), it was also stated, continues to assist with
transport to allow her to receive treatment at the medical facility.
King said that she could move partially and this was more pronounced on her
left side although she was getting around in a wheelchair.
Trinidadian neurosurgeon, Dr Richard Spann, who operated on Winfield and
has been overseeing her recovery is expected in the country on June 26 during
which time he will assess her condition to gauge improvements.
While the family was satisfied with the assistance being rendered by the GPS
and the government it is now seeking further help from the authorities to
construct a home for Winfield on a plot of land she acquired at Belfield, East
The prison officer was initially given very little chance of survival much less
recovery but repeatedly defied the odds. (Oscar P. Clarke)