Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A life-changing event

Help is not on the way

By David Baker
Posted Wednesday May 25, 2016
414 words   

   Over a period of several months, Morgan Carey repeatedly told us that he had a plan that would benefit his sister Alison as she adjusts to a life drastically changed since last year: A trust fund that could provide housing, either rented or purchased; dental work, and payment of routine bills such as utilities and transportation. 
   According to Morgan, this plan would result in his and Alison’s sister, Mariah Carey stepping up to help Alison as she struggles to cope with the affects of the damage done to her brain by the attack by a still unknown assailant in her Long Island home.
   But he gave no details of this plan, which so far has apparently consisted only of two stories in British newspapers in which he was quoted lashing out at his younger sister, in one of the papers calling her “an evil witch.”
   Quite how that was supposed to make Mariah help Alison is a mystery. And, as far as we know, it has not done so.
   Meanwhile, Alison has significant difficulties with her short-term memory. She is constantly forgetting where she puts things. Several times she has called me while standing at a store register, asking me for the PIN number to her debit card. She can no longer drive; her license is suspended until she obtains a physician’s certification that she can safely operate a vehicle - which at this point seems unlikely to happen. 
   Alison does not need brain surgery - contrary to what Morgan told the newspapers. But she does have other significant medical issues, for which, even though she no longer is staying with me, I continue to take her to appointments, as well as filling her prescriptions, keeping her meds organized and maintaining a set of medical records.
   It is now nine months since I met Alison. During that time, no one in her family has contributed a penny toward the considerable expenses I have incurred. Not her eldest son, a well-paid corporate lawyer; not her sister, who with her obvious ability to help might be expected to regard Alison differently now her situation has been changed by circumstances beyond her control; not her mother - who more than anyone is responsible for Alison’s deeply tormented life.
   And not her brother, who made big but vague promises, but in the end just made some easy money off of his sister’s continuing misfortune.

NEXT: A look at those other two relatives: Alison’s mother and her eldest son