In the early hours of Saturday, February 8th, 2014, two medical students were walking along St. Jude Road in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia, where their school, Spartan Health Sciences University, is located. A speeding vehicle that ran off the road struck them suddenly. One of the two students named Omotayo (“Tayo”) Morrison, a Canadian citizen, suffered severe traumatic brain injuries to which he succumbed later that day at St. Jude Hospital. Tayo was a distinguished athlete and known for his signature smile that “lit up the world.” His professors and colleagues, as well as the administrators at Spartan University held him in high esteem not only for his intellect and work ethic, but also for his remarkable athletic ability and sportsmanship. Several of his fellow students regarded him as a mentor. Tayo would have been part of the graduating class of 2015. He was an alumnus of York University’s Kinesiology and Health program, and he aspired to become a surgeon eventually. An exceptionally generous and altruistic human being, Tayo was taken away tragically at the age of twenty-five.
A traumatic brain injury can occur to anyone who suffers a heavy impact to the head, which may be caused by collisions, falling from a high level, during a sporting activity, or as a result of a violent act. Injuries resulting from such impact can be fatal as in the case of Tayo. But neurosurgery, if readily available wherever we happen to be, whether at home or abroad, can help save our lives when those disasters strike. In 2015 Tayo’s parents, Barrington Morrison and Modupe Olaogun, founded Omotayo Headmatters Organization, which recognizes the necessity of supporting the treatment and prevention of traumatic head injuries.