– Humanitarian group encounters bottlenecks
Despite the tireless efforts of a group of local and overseas based Guyanese to take gravely ill two-year-old heart patient, Udesh Ragubar, overseas for further medical attention, the child is still languishing here. The group, which had offered its assistance after it was observed that the child’s heart condition had not improved after an operation at the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI), has encountered bottlenecks, according to reports.
A member of the group told Kaieteur news that although the requisite funds have been secured and the hospital overseas is ready to operate, approval has not yet been granted for the child’s departure. It was revealed that while contact has already been made with the local United States Embassy, the main problem lies with the local Ministry of Health. The Ministry, the member disclosed has responsibility to complete the necessary paper works to give the child the necessary clearance; a process which from all indication is not yet completed.
Though it was believed that the child’s condition was improving, he shortly after surgery delved into a state of blankness. With the news that the lad’s condition was not improving, the group had come together in a humanitarian effort to assist.
Udesh, of Edinburg, East Bank Berbice, like several other children, had their operations at CHI sponsored by New York- based philanthropist, George Subraj, and a number of other supportive individuals and entities.
The young lad was thought to be recovering well after the eight hour long operation which was required to help prolong his life. He was diagnosed with a hole in his heart, blockage of the heart and had an enlarged heart. However, reports are that after a mere few weeks of happiness, the child’s condition did not improve.
However, there were no guarantees that the operation Udesh underwent would have been the ultimate answer to his health problems. The operations were undertaken by a team of medical experts drawn from various reputable facilities in the United States. The team’s assistance was solicited by CHI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Gary Stephens, and was headed by Dr Sheel Vatsia, a surgeon from the Long Island Jewish Medical Centre in New York.
Though he had great optimism that most of the patients would recover incident free, Dr Sheel had noted that there was the likelihood that there could have been some challenges in the recovery process, which appears to be evident in Udesh’s case.
Last week, his mother Urmilla Luckhoo had revealed that she met with attorney-at-law, Joe Misir, at his office in New Amsterdam Berbice who was able to make contact with some of his associates in the United States to offer further assistance. His associates include George Subraj and Lakeram Persaud who are both businessmen in the US. Misir is a remigrant with law offices both in Guyana and the US.
It was disclosed that all efforts were being made to have the child taken to a Paediatric facility in the US for additional treatment. According to Misir, he had contacted a hospital to which the child is slated to be taken. He was optimistic that the child could have been taken to the facility before the end of the week.
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