Mar 12, 2012 News
– mission deemed a success
Despite the majority of the cases being complicated ones, the seven children and one adult who left Guyana on Friday February 10, 2012 for medical treatment at the Max Hospital in New Delhi India, returned home last Tuesday, ready to embark on the new phases of their lives.
Four of the children underwent open heart surgery to correct various forms of congenital heart defects and one child had a brain tumour removed. The other two children had follow-up treatment for kidney ailments and skin disease.
The mission was organised and made possible through the efforts of Three Rivers Kids Foundation, a registered charitable organisation in Canada.
Those who benefited from the mission, were, Mark Anthony Singh of Good Fortuin, West Coast Demerara, Chandini Persaud of Parika, East Bank Essequibo, Tanisha Ali of Hope Lowlands, East Coast Demerara, Alvin Ramkumar of Best Village, West Coast Demerara, Anasazi Narain of Jibb Housing Scheme, Essequibo, Tomaisha Samuels, Hopetown West Coast Berbice, Kara Hardy of Vryhied’s Lust, East Coast Demerara.
For Alvin Ramkumar, this was his third trip to India. He still has to undergo a yearly follow up for a kidney problem.
This was Kara Hardy’s second trip to India for a second open heart surgery.
On their way to Delhi, the group spent two nights in Toronto where they attended a fundraising event.
Jeanette Singh, a Registered Nurse and President of the Three Rivers Kids Foundation, accompanied the group to India.
“This was an outstanding group of parents and children who went on this mission,” said Singh.
“The children, despite being so desperately ill, were so cooperative and pleasant. They just wanted to get well. The mothers also supported each other emotionally and bonded very well together. It was a pleasure to be with them and help them,” Singh added.
“Our gratitude to the various medical teams from Max Hospital in particular Drs. Viresh Mahajan and K.S. Dagar. A special thank you to all the donors and to everyone who attended our fundraising event on February 10th,” Singh added.
The Ministry of Health of Guyana also assisted the group financially.
The patients were under the watchful eye of Dr. Viresh Mahajan, a well-known Paediatric Cardiologist.
Since 2005, Three Rivers Kids Foundation (TRKF) has been helping patients, mainly Guyanese children, who cannot be treated in the country.
To date, a total of 94 patients from Guyana have each been given a new lease on life through the initiatives of the charitable organisation.
The foundation is already compiling a list of children for the next mission, which is slated for October 2012.
They are asking that contact be made with the organisation at their Georgetown office “if there is any child who is sick and cannot be treated in Guyana.”
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