Dexter Scotland, one of the shot Linden protestors, was yesterday discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital after one night of observation and he was told to visit the Cheddi Jagan Dental Centre next month to meet with a specialist for treatment.
Scotland, a 28-year-old father of three, was shot to the face on July 18, during a protest over an increase in power tariffs. Three persons were shot and killed and at least 20 others injured, after police opened fire on protestors.
On Thursday, Scotland was admitted as a patient in the hospital and he was scheduled to undergo surgery next week.
However, yesterday, Myrtlyn Scotland told Stabroek News that he was discharged after being examined. He received a clinic card, she said, and was told to meet with the specialist on August 10. She noted that she is unsure whether he will undergo surgery on that date or if he will be given a later date.
Scotland had told this newspaper that he spent six days at the Linden Hospital Complex and was discharged on Monday, although he was in pain and an x-ray still had not been done. He returned on Wednesday after the pain worsened and the x-ray that was performed revealed “fragments” near his ear and two below one of his eyes. As a result, he was transferred to the city hospital yesterday to have them removed.
“I walking and talking but I can’t get rest… I can’t talk for too long or my whole face hurting… can’t even breathe properly,” he had stated.