When Castlederg man Derek Torrens lost his battle with cancer some weeks ago, many people would have questioned his faith in the South American shamanic healer.
Earlier Derek had retained Belizean Rosario Panti to treat him for his illness after he had been sent home from hospital on the understanding that local doctors could do nothing for him. Using thorns from the forest for acupuncture and various massage techniques, the healer subsequently practised a series of alternative therapies on Derek, sure that she could cure him of the disease. She believed it and more importantly, Derek believed it and for almost three weeks Derek was said to enjoy a new lease of life.
Then, when Derek suffered from kidney failure and passed away, it could be argued that that hope had been in vain. Not so, says Derek’s sister Ruby Rankin.
“It is because of this hope, that Rosario coming here and treating Derek wasn’t in vain,” Ruby said this week.
Speaking ahead of a fund-raising event at the Mellon Country Hotel on Saturday night, the North West Strictly Come Dancing organised in aid of the Castlederg Terminally Ill Fund and the Sperrin Room at Altnagelvin Hospital, Ruby says she is in no doubt that Derek’s employing Rosario has left a legacy of hope.