BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Apr. 22, 2021– On Tuesday evening, Belize football legend Wayne “Hogman” Olivera was transported by ambulance from his Santa Barbara Street home to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he spent a day in the emergency care area, before being transferred to Medical Ward where today he remains under observation. In a weakened state following a fall at home on Sunday night, Hogman, a 2009 stroke surviror who needs crutches to walk, was reluctant to go to hospital, according to his sister Elaine, with whom he resides along with brother Rudolph “Peru” Olivera, who is also bedridden. A doctor home visit on Tuesday resulted in a chronic-hypertensive evaluation, and an immediate request for ambulance to transport Hogman to the hospital.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Hogman was moved to Medical Ward, and in our visit at 12:30 today, he remained with a resilient and positive spirit, declaring, though obviously weak, “A wahn fight ahn.”
Because of a discrepancy with their registered last name, Flowers, their mother’s title, both Olivera brothers have yet to be enlisted in the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, where Peru could also be assisted with a doctor recommended expensive MRI evaluation.
We have not yet received any direct communication from his attending physician, a Dr. Romero, but an attendant in Medical Ward today indicated that Hogman may need dialysis treatment at two hundred dollars a session.
Since September of last year, a group of sixteen past football players and fans, the Peru Olivera Support Team (P.O.S.T.), have joined together to give some financial assistance to the two football legend brothers, who are both incapacitated due to stroke, and are neither receiving any social security benefits. P.O.S.T. may need a few more members if Hogman requires long term dialysis treatment.