Wounded man coming home
RAINBOW Beach shooting victim Jason Montgomery may soon be home, but his recovery is still a long way off, his mother, Beach resident Sandy Brosnan, said yesterday.
Mr Montgomery was shot just below the heart while having after-work drinks in his local bar in Georgetown, Guyana.
Three bandits entered the bar and shot Mr Montgomery without provocation.
Another man was also wounded and a bar attendant murdered in cold blood during the robbery, according to local newspaper reports.
One botched operation left Mr Montgomery near death, with an undetected rupture to his colon and Mrs Brosnan said it was only through the efforts of a friend that he was taken to a private hospital for a second operation.
Since then he has been stranded and remains critically ill while his mother attempted to negotiate a maze of what she calls “brick walls and red tape” to arrange medically supervised transport home.
“I’ve been able to arrange transport through a US medical escort firm and we hope he’ll be leaving Guyana on Thursday (tomorrow),” she said yesterday.
“Then it’ll be a few more days before he gets home,” she said.
“He’ll need to stay in hospital in Brisbane.
“He’s not out of the woods yet,” she said.
Mrs Brosnan says she remains angry about the ordeal she and her son have suffered and the failure of the Australian government to do anything to help.
She said Wide Bay MP Warren Truss had intervened after she called and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had wrongly told him Jason was happy with the service he had received.
Mr Truss told the department their conduct was unacceptable, she said.