Intensive therapy for injured prison officer
Stabroek News
June 20, 2002

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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 members.

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 night.

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 foreseeable future.

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 Coast Demerara.

The prison officer was initially given very little chance of survival much less recovery but repeatedly defied the odds. (Oscar P. Clarke)