Tumour patient heads for Canada
With the help of several companies and overseas-based Guyanese, 12-year-old Viveknand Suknandan is currently in Canada to undergo an eye tumour surgery.
The Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research: The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, volunteered to do the child’s surgery free of cost after hearing about his case.
In New York, Guyana-born Latchman Arjune managed to raise US$1,133 for the child. Arjune had previously raised money for Suknandan to travel to Trinidad and Tobago to have the surgery done.
In 2006, the Lot 755 Block 6 Field, Cummings Lodge resident was sent to Trinidad to be examined by a specialist, who informed the parents that the surgery has to be done in Canada or United States of America.
During that period, Suknandan went through several different medical examinations and an MRI by Dr. R Spann at the Community Hospital of Seventh Day Adventists in Cocorite, Trinidad.
After returning to Guyana, the Ministry of Health, along with Constellation Tours, provided the necessary travel expenses.
Aided by the public, the child’s mother managed to raise the money to cover food expenses, accommodation, and transportation for the 10-week period which she will be required to stay in Canada.
Suknandan’s speech has been affected by the tumor.