"Otisha" released from hospital Guyana Chronicle
April 1, 2004

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THE injured gay who was shot in the upper chest at his West Ruimveldt residence by an outraged onlooker on Sunday was discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) yesterday.

Gays were among a large number of persons who turned up at the hospital to wish Otis Pearson, or "Otisha," well after his discharge from the institution.

After doubts at the hospital about which ward "Otisha" should be placed, doctors eventually suggested Ward B2, a ward where male patients are housed on admission to the hospital.

"Otisha" was shot when an unidentified man, reportedly enraged that a same-sex marriage had taken place, fired at Pearson's house where the gay "couple" had gone after the wedding and the taking out of pictures at the Botanical Gardens.

The couple's showing at the Gardens attracted a large crowd of curious onlookers who went wild when the "bride and groom" emerged from their vehicle.

"Otisha" was reported to be the master planner of the wedding, which both stunned and amused Guyanese and drew condemnation from the Guyana Council of Churches.

"Otisha" sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest and was rushed to the GPHC where he was admitted.