By Samuel Whyte
The New Amsterdam Lions Club continues in its role of being a leading community and social service organization. The club recently came to the assistance of gravely ill three-year-old Melisa Chase who suffers from a congenital heart disease. The child would turn blue on several occasions because of a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Chase is expected to undergo corrective heart surgery in February next year in India and the family is in need of much needed assistance for her heart surgery. According to the infant’s mother, Lidia Chase, medical expenses are tagged at $1.5M.
The child and her mother recently were assisted with a financial donation by the club which was presented at the body’s headquarters at Vryman’s Erven in New Amsterdam. Doing the honours was president of the club Ms Georgina Hoosley who stated that the club was able to acquire the amount through two fund-raising ventures.
Head of the health committee, Marilyn La Rose, stated that the club has a mandate and vested interest in assisting members of the community, especially children. She said that they will continue to help, in whatever way possible, little Melisa or any other children in such need.
According to the child’s mother, after they realized that her daughter had a serious illness over a year ago, an appeal was launched to raise funds for her to get help. She said the Ministry of Health has promised to offer some financial assistance, but they will still be short by over US $7,500 (G$1.5M) which is a handy sum. She doesn’t know how they will acquire the money, but is hoping for the best. She is asking the public for whatever assistance can be given.
The woman stated that they have been assisted greatly by the Three Rivers Foundation organization in Canada which has made all arrangements for the surgery and will be providing accommodation for her when they are in India. The foundation has also contributed financially towards the surgery.
Interested persons can call 626-5090 for details on how to make contact with the family and/or New Amsterdam Lions Club members.
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