Crippled Jamaican Man with 2 Job inspires others

Keith Tucker met with a terrible car accident, which broke his neck in three places and left him paralysed from the neck down, but his zeal for life was not crippled. He has overcome adversities, and is now gainfully employed at one of the island’s top financial institutions. He also teaches part-time, and is a published author.

“I heard a voice saying, ‘You’re going to die,’ but I said, ‘No, I shall live and declare the works of the Lord’,” Tucker said, recalling his near-death experience in 1998.

Before the accident, which occurred when he was 23 years old, Tucker described himself as being a very active individual, employed as a teller at the Bank of Nova Scotia. He had been accepted to study at what is now the University of Technology, but tragedy struck before he could enrol.

“I dropped a friend’s mom in May Pen, and while we [Tucker and his friend] were heading back to Kingston, going around a corner, a truck came around for a head-on collision. I had to swerve from the truck, and my car got out of control and took us over a precipice,” Tucker said.

Helpful passers-by rushed both men to hospital.

“The doctors at the time thought I wasn’t going to make it because of the level of injuries. They said my neck was broken so high that my ability to breathe should have been cut off. They couldn’t understand why I was still breathing, because people with less severe injuries die,” Tucker explained, adding that his friend also survived a broken back and is paralysed from the waist down.

Tucker spent a year and 10 months in hospital and later in physiotherapy, where he had started showing great improvements, including standing with the assistance of parallel bars. His remarkable recovery landed him the name ‘Miracle Man’, but then he suffered what he describes as a “major attack”.

It started with a severe headache followed by multiple seizures. When Tucker was finally stabilised, he realised that he lost all the abilities he had regained.

“I was a little discouraged, but I mustered courage in my heart. I didn’t look at the situation, and kept my focus on God and where I wanted to be,” he said.

Soon after, Tucker was discharged and enrolled in a nursing home, but the mundane lifestyle of sitting and watching television was not to his liking, as he knew he had more to contribute.

He got re-enlisted in a rehabilitation centre, where he underwent aggressive therapy. Through that, he learnt to write and do simple tasks with his left hand, which has limited mobility.

After being discharged, the baptised Christian moved to a home owned by his church. There, he found great fulfilment in teaching for free Caribbean Examination Council mathematics to the nurses’ children and others who were interested. Even university students went to him for help.

Soon after, Tucker began having dreams of working again, and he sent out rÈsumÈs. To his surprise, he again landed a job at Scotiabank’s contact centre, where he excelled at his duties and copped multiple awards for his exceptional service.

Tucker has written a book about his inspirational journey and Christian walk, titled God’s Miracle Man, Against all Odds. It was published in December 2016, and is available for purchase online.

“Never, ever give up. Life comes with challenges. Take your eyes off the problem and look to the life-giver, Jesus Christ, and you will be able to rise above your situation,” Tucker said.


Jamaica Star

Recently Published

ILLEGAL FIREARM SEIZED IN HARBOUR VIEW

Man Held with Illegal Gun in Kingston

Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: One man was arrested by the police and is now waiting to be charged, in connection with the seizure of an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition in Kingston, on Friday morning,  December 14. The police say the name of the accused is being withheld pending further investigations. Reports by […]

2 Shot Dead at Islington Police Station in St. Mary

St Thomas Man Shot by Licensed Firearm Holder, Succumbed to Injuries at Hospital

Jamaica Crime News, St Thomas: A man who was shot and injured, after he reportedly threatened and attacked a licensed firearm holder in the parish of St. Thomas, on Sunday, December 2, succumbed to injuries at hospital on Thursday, December 13. The dead man has been identified as Lenton Smalling, 21-year-old unemployed of 11 Miles […]

Robert McKinley

Popular Montego Bay Businessman Succumbed to Accident Injuries

Jamaica News: A popular Montego Bay businessman who was admitted to hospital, after receiving serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision in Hanover on Friday, December 7, succumbed to injuries at hospital. He has been identified as Robert McKinley of a St. James address. Reports by the Sandy Bay police are that about 3:45 a.m. […]

Cop among 2 being investigated after drug bust
AWP_7701-670x450

Workshop on Policies to Prevent and Reduce Homicide

Jamaica News: The continued strengthening of regional institutional capacities for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies geared towards reduction of intentional homicides is critical. This was emphasised by Acting Chief Technical Director, Research, Rehabilitation and Diversion Policy Division, Ministry of National Security, Shauna Trowers, at the second workshop on ‘Targeted Public Policies for […]

uiop0888

Health Ministry Assures No Dengue Outbreak

Jamaica News: The Ministry of Health is assuring that there is no outbreak of dengue fever in Jamaica and continues to implore persons to destroy breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the disease. “The first line of defence is to control or attempt to control your own environment as it relates to […]