An appeal has been launched to secure blood donations for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta who remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies in critical condition.
The 18-time champion trainer has been hospitalised since last month, after reportedly contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Members of the trainer’s family launched the appeal on Monday and have since gotten strong verbal commitments, particularly from those at Caymans Park who have also encouraged other to donate to the ailing trainer.
DaCosta is one of the sport’s most successful trainers saddling over 2000 winners, seven of which have come in the Jamaica derby. The trainers most recent triumph came in 2020 when KING ARTHUR with Phillip Parchment aboard, won the 100th running of the Jamaica derby.
As of Tuesday, Jamaica has reported 31,305 cases, with 492 deaths and some 15,253 recovered. The government has, however, began its vaccination program, which is expected to alleviate the situation in the coming months.