The aunt of a one-year-old boy in Betsy Ground Village, East Canje, Berbice, is seeking assistance to raise GY$490,000 for the removal of his tumour-stricken right eye. Kowsilla Kenneth of Kudip Street, Betsy Ground, said that she has been caring for the child, Alex Shamshundar, ever since he was born since his mother and father, who reside in Suriname, have both shirked their parental responsibilities.
A month ago, Kenneth observed what appeared to be a ‘blood- clot’ in the child’s right eye and decided to take him to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital for an examination.
They were referred to the Balwant Singh Hospital in the city to do a CT scan. She and her family pooled financial resources and had the scan done, after which it was revealed that the child has a tumour in the right eye that is cancerous in nature. Kenneth noted, too, that the child’s parents were made aware of the child’s condition, but have not budged to join in the cause.
“He (the doctor) told me that his advice is to take off the baby’s eye before it (the tumour) spreads in the other eye,” she explained. Kenneth added that the child can only see in the left eye at the moment.
According to the medical report prepared by Dr. Minal Panchal, Consultant Radiologist at Balwant Singh Hospital, there is an irregular, heterogeneously enhancing hypodense mass seen in the posterior chamber of the right eye. Multiple small calcifications are seen in the mass and it is extended to the optic disc and part of the optic nerve.
“I am kindly asking for a donation to help the baby,” she pleaded.
Anyone desirous of donating to the cause can call telephone: 601-1840, 326-0297 or 3260719.
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