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Darren Roome: Still good people in T&T

By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com

There has been an overwhelming response to the story on 28-year-old Darren Roome, who is seeking to raise funds to travel to the United States with the hope of replacing his nose after a hit and run accident in 2011.

The Express ran the report on Roome's tribulations on New Year's Day last Tuesday.

In an interview yesterday, Roome said the response he received after the article was published has been overwhelming.

"I would have to say about 100 people called since the story hit and the response was international. People from the US, including doctors who called...they want to reach out and help to see how best they could help me get the surgery. A lot of people have shown interest in my situation, telling me that I was really strong to be going through all of this," he said.

When the Express interviewed Roome at his Curepe home the week before Christmas, he spoke about his medical challenges.

He suffers from sickle cell anaemia, which prevented him from attending school regularly, but still managed to do business courses at National Entrepreneurial Development Company (NEDCO) and to open a car wash in 2008, which he ran up till the accident.

Roome said he is trying to get the names of everyone who called him so that he can send thank you messages to everyone who helped him.

"There are still good people in Trinidad. No matter the crime and all of that, the people are good people," he said.

Persons wishing to assist Roome can contact him at 290-3871 or make a financial contribution to account number 88173613662 at RBC Independence Square, Port of Spain.

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