Friday, January 18, 2008

Andy Palacio in Grave Health

Dear Friends:

We're deeply saddened to report that Andy Palacio
has experienced what was apparently a severe heart attack and is in
grave condition. He is currently on life support and the prognosis is
not good. We are all hoping for a miracle and that Andy will regain
consciousness, but at this point this does not seem likely.

started feeling poorly a few days ago and visited a doctor with
complaints of dizziness and blurred vision. On Wednesday he began
experiencing seizures and was rushed to a hospital in Belmopan, Belize
and then on to another hospital in Belize City. The doctors initially
though Andy, who was still conscious and communicative at that time,
had experienced a stroke, and were even diagnosing multiple sclerosis
at one point. At this point, we were all hopeful Andy would recover.

Andy's condition worsened and he began experiencing more seizures. Andy
is a national icon in Belize, and the story of his illness has not only
been big news there, the Prime Minister has been putting his full
support behind Andy's treatment. When Andy's condition started to
decline, he was placed on an air ambulance to Chicago where he was
expected to get treatment at one of the premier neurological facilities
in the country.

En route to Chicago, the plane stopped in
Mobile, Alabama to clear immigration. At that point, Andy was
unconscious and it was determined that he was too ill to continue on
the flight to Chicago. Andy is currently in a hospital in Mobile,
Alabama where he is in a coma. His cousin is by his side and Andy's
daughters will be arriving shortly .

It is impossible to
describe the pain we feel from this unfathomable tragedy. We will
notify you if we hear any significant updates on Andy's condition. In
the meantime, keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


Ivan Duran (Stonetree) and Jacob Edgar (Cumbancha)

"Baba": A Song for Andy in This Time of Struggle

Anihei Baba wama furíeigiwamá lun wabúngiute
Íderalámugawa lídangien sianti
Anihei Baba wama furíeigiwamá lun wabúngiute
Dúsuma lámuga wachara ya ubóuogu

Anihei Baba wama furíeigiwamá lun wabúngiute
íderabawa lídangien sianti
Furíeigibá wawagu wabúngiute

Íderabawa lídangien lamíselu
Ragüba gurasu wawagu biráhüñü wagia
Danme le lásienru aü adúndeihabawa lidoun bémeri

Safábaña biráhüñü Bungiu, wéirihali figou ya ubóuogu
Chülüha dan lun barúfuduni ei bubafu wouni le magúmuchaguati

The Father is with us. Let us pray to our God
That he may help us out of the impossible
The Father is with us. Let us pray to our God
That our wrongs may be less here on Earth

The Father is with us. Let us pray to our God
Help us out of the impossible
Pray for us, Our God

Help us out of our misery
Be patient with us. We are your children
When times are hard, guide us into your path

Save your children, God, sin abounds here on Earth
The time has come for you to show us
Your endless power

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