Thanks to businessman Tony Yassin and his Non-Governmental-Organization (NGO), Guyana Watch Inc., 15-year-old
Nareesa Kaleel can go about her life without any pain or complication.
Kaleel, of Lot 9 La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was born with cleft palate.
The roof of the mouth (palate) is formed between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy. A cleft palate happens if the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy.
Yesterday, the teenager’s mother, Sharmala (only name given), said that her daughter was born with a “hole” in the roof of her mouth. She added that as her daughter got older, “the hole in her mouth got wider”.
The mother of three related that she took Kaleel to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) but at the time she was told that there was no doctor at the facility who could operate on her.
She further related that health workers at the hospital referred her daughter to a private hospital but again, the surgery wasn’t done.
“She was growing all the time and the hole was getting bigger and there was nothing I could have done. She could have only attended Nursery school because of the pain she was in,” Sharmala revealed.
She added that because of her daughter’s condition, she was always in pain.
“She couldn’t eat and so. We had to feed her with a straw and she couldn’t eat much,” the mother said.
The woman further explained that early this year she was informed of the Guyana Watch Team.
“I took her and the doctors dem examine her. I also met with Mr. Yassin and he helped me. She did the surgery at Woodlands and Mr. Yassin paid for it,” Sharmala noted.
This newspaper was told that Kaleel underwent surgery on December 2, last, and she is currently recovering.
In an invited comment, Yassin said that Kaleel went to the Leonora Secondary School to seek medical assistance. He added that almost all the doctors examined her.
“This child went to several different hospitals… she was so sick that sometimes she crawled. When I saw her, I collected her records and sent it to New York for advice,” the businessman noted.
He further revealed that after speaking with a number of doctors, the surgery was successfully done at the Woodlands Hospital.
The teen’s mother said that she cannot stop thanking the businessman for his generous help.
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