Apr 05, 2017 News
…but uneasy about reports of persons soliciting funds for the completed procedure
Months after completing a life-saving kidney transplant surgery, 16-year-old Tomol Mingo is recovering well. In fact he is recovering so well that he hopes to return to school in September to continue his secondary education.
Because of complications associated with kidney failure, Mingo was forced to quit school. But with his new lease on life, Tomol is anxious to return to school and plans to write at least seven subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council. He has plans to eventually pursue studies in Medicine, so that in the future he can be in a position to help others in much the same way Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Kishore Persaud and his team at the Georgetown Public Hospital did for him.
But Tomol’s mother, who lovingly donated one of her kidneys that was needed to save his life, is quite uneasy about a reported development since her son’s surgery.
The worried woman turned up at this publication’s 24 Saffon Street, Charlestown, Georgetown office to share her concerns. Based on her revelation, it is all linked to her son’s surgery and the solicitation of funds to make the surgery a reality.
According to Shaundel Mingo, in order for her son to have his surgery, a sum of approximately $1 million was required. Although the actual surgery at the GPHC was free of cost, the sum was necessary to meet the cost of a cross-matching test that was done in the United States.
The majority of the money to do the test, according to Shaundel Mingo, was solicited from kind-hearted individuals. However, months after the surgery, even as her son recovers, Shaundel Mingo disclosed that she has since learnt that individuals are still soliciting financial support from unsuspecting individuals for her son’s surgery.
Shaundel Mingo said that recently she received a telephone call from a stranger informing her that there are two women in possession of a photograph of Tomol travelling around the country to solicit funds for a kidney transplant surgery. The informant, according to Shaundel Mingo, reportedly saw the two women in the vicinity of Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
“I want the public to know that my son’s surgery is already finished and also it was a success and he is recovering very well. I need people to know this because it could put me in problem, and I’m not looking for any problem.”
The woman is suspicious that the solicitors of funds might have learnt of her son’s earlier need of a surgery and the need for finances through an article that was published in the newspaper.
Although she remains concerned about the unauthorised soliciting of funds, Shaundel Mingo said that she had a lot to be thankful for.
The woman said that she is elated that things went well for her son. She however recalled that she was at first sceptical at even having herself and son undergo the procedure.
“When you mix with the people who are negative you will be negative, but if you mix with positive people you will think positive thoughts; this is exactly what happened to me and it used to confuse me…but when it came down to the end I knew I had to do this for my son,” recalled Shaundel Mingo. But according to her, she had to come to the realisation, “I had to put my faith in the doctors who are trained to do these medical procedures.”
Her decision was well supported by the medical personnel of the GPHC, especially Dr. Persaud, who according to Shaundel Mingo, “is one in a million. What Dr. Persaud did for Tomol is priceless; he had such interest in him…He would even shout at me so that I could get it right for Tomol.”
She disclosed that the decision to proceed with the surgery was encouraged by Dr. Persaud, since he had long advised against continued dialysis for Tomol.
She is appealing to those who might be contemplating transplants to “don’t go with fear just trust God…In everything just let God be in charge…I had to do this myself, because I was so fearful.” She added, “I am so happy we did this surgery…Tomol is back to normal and he is doing very good.”
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