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Subject: Child Seeking Help (Brain Tumor) - PostCourier Report


Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 23 2007, 10:03:01am

Wantoks. The article excerpt below has been extracted from Thursday's (Nov. 22nd 2007) Post Courier.

I am somewhat touched by this article of the poor father and his vulnerable (perhaps innocent) child diagnosed with Child Brain Tumor. I had lost my father's younger brother who died through brain tumor in 2002. I was then working in Tabubil, OTML. I had exhausted all my funds trying to take him from hospital to hospital just to rescue my immediate uncle, but I never made it. I lost him! Reading this report reminds me of the pain I went through trying to help my uncle.

I know we talk a lot and campaign about helping people back home and developing Enga, and so forth. This situation here gives us a great opportunity to showcase the strength, care, love and the hidden potentials in each and every one of us in coming forward to help this poor father and son. They are from Chimbu province but invaluably they are Papua New Guinean. The father is a very young father and typical of any young father back home, semi-educated, etc. etc.

I would like to appeal to all of us to help this young boy. I have called the number on this article and I am willing to donate an estimated PGK 1,000 and also find help for them whichever way possible. This is a sad situation and I beg you all to help however you can. The cure (medical financing) will definitely cost them more, but every little penny disclosed with a good heart will count a lot even if PNG loses this young boy.

Lets all come forward and help. For those who are overseas you can email me directly about how we all can help this father and son as a Donor Group from Enga Waipii.

Freddie
freddie.apakali@gmail.com



---- Excerpt from post courier 22,11,2007 --------
Please help save my son

A CHIMBU man sold all his land and coffee plantation in a bid to raise money for his sick child.
Gepa Gama, who is from Neragama village in the Kerowagi district of Chimbu Province, has an 11-year-old son Kaman who is suffering from brain tumor.
Mr Gama took him to hospitals in Mount Hagen, Goroka, Lae and is now at the Port Moresby Hospital to seek medical attention.
He sold his land and coffee plantation back home four months ago for medical funds.
He is calling for assistance for further medical attention for his son, who is suffering from a brain tumour at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
He started taking his son for the treatments in 1995 after Kaman became ill.
Young Kaman was in grade two at the time of his diagnosis.
Mr Gama believed his son would get well as he thought it was only malaria but the symptoms did not disappear after taking him to the health clinics and hospitals in his province. He took him to the Mount Hagen, Goroka and Lae hospitals for treatment but that did not help.
After seeing his sonís condition deteriorate he was told to come to Port Moresby for further attention.
By then he had exhausted all the funds he had but he sold off his coffee gardens, a piece of his land, pigs and other belongings just to take his son to the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby, only to find out that his son has a brain tumour.
As a simple villager with very little formal education Mr Gama didnít know what the brain tumour was but later he learnt that it was a serious disease.
Mr Gama said as a young father he was very worried and wouldnít let his son die but needed a specialist or have to take him to hospitals in other countries for immediate medical attention.
He said as a typical villager from the remote part of the country he had used up what he had for the further treatment and his son was now admitted at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
ďI donít know as I am confused with no money left, no friends in the city to turn to for help and if my son happens to die, there wonít be any one to help or take the body home,Ē he said.
He said to come to the Port Moresby Hospital was his last resort and after that he didnít know where to go and who to turn to for help.
ďAs a humble citizen of Papua New Guinea I am appealing to the fellow Papua New Guineans to help me to save my sonís life,Ē Mr Gama said.
Mr Gama said his son had under- gone the first operation and the second one is likely to happen but this would depend largely on his financial status. He said anyone wishing to help can contact Joe Imana on his mobile phone 689 4900 or deposit through Mr Gamaís brotherís account number; 1001178574 at Waigani branch.

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[> Subject: Re: Child Seeking Help (Brain Tumor) - PostCourier Report


Author:
faraway
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 09:57:08am

The have a problem donating money of this nature to a private bank account, and I am sure there are many others that would feel the same.

My concern is - How are we to know that the money will be used for the purpose of medical attention for the child and not used for personal use, as it is being forward to a personal account?

It was mentioned in the Post Courier article that family are seeking medical treatment outside of POM, the link below is a USA based hospital in Thailand, which is very affordable for International patients and is highly recommend by the Red Cross.

http://www.bumrungrad.com/?gclid=CMjqp7GU9I8CFRsTawodWDZNLw

Another avenue for help may be the Rotary Club of POM

http://www.pomrotary.org.pg/

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[> [> Subject: Re: Child Seeking Help (Brain Tumor) - PostCourier Report


Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 11:20:33am

Thank you so much for the link and info. I have not donated the share I plan to donate yet. Your posting has provided excellent guidance. I have called the number on the article and yes I have confirmed the situation, but will take heed in the guidance you provided relating to the risks with financial accountability.

thanks,
Freddie

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Child Seeking Help (Brain Tumor) - PostCourier Report


Author:
KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 07:24:23pm

faraway,

Good point and informative sources indeed! I wanted to make a contribution when I first read about the poor boy and his father's plight in the newspaper on Thursday. But I was a little apprehensive because my doubts for the authenticity of this report. Considering the recent lack of professionalism and accuracy of media reports, I would rather communicate directly with hospitals and doctors to find out. [Thanks Freddie for that effort!] Calling the publicized phone number and making a mere deposit in the publicized bank account could be deceptive.

(We'll have to wait for Freddie's reliable feedback on this matter.)


Post Courier, Thursday 22nd November , 2007


Please help save my son

A CHIMBU man sold all his land and coffee plantation in a bid to raise money for his sick child.
Gepa Gama, who is from Neragama village in the Kerowagi district of Chimbu Province, has an 11-year-old son Kaman who is suffering from brain tumor.
Mr Gama took him to hospitals in Mount Hagen, Goroka, Lae and is now at the Port Moresby Hospital to seek medical attention.
He sold his land and coffee plantation back home four months ago for medical funds.
He is calling for assistance for further medical attention for his son, who is suffering from a brain tumour at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
He started taking his son for the treatments in 1995 after Kaman became ill.
Young Kaman was in grade two at the time of his diagnosis.
Mr Gama believed his son would get well as he thought it was only malaria but the symptoms did not disappear after taking him to the health clinics and hospitals in his province. He took him to the Mount Hagen, Goroka and Lae hospitals for treatment but that did not help.
After seeing his sonís condition deteriorate he was told to come to Port Moresby for further attention.
By then he had exhausted all the funds he had but he sold off his coffee gardens, a piece of his land, pigs and other belongings just to take his son to the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby, only to find out that his son has a brain tumour.
As a simple villager with very little formal education Mr Gama didnít know what the brain tumour was but later he learnt that it was a serious disease.
Mr Gama said as a young father he was very worried and wouldnít let his son die but needed a specialist or have to take him to hospitals in other countries for immediate medical attention.
He said as a typical villager from the remote part of the country he had used up what he had for the further treatment and his son was now admitted at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
ďI donít know as I am confused with no money left, no friends in the city to turn to for help and if my son happens to die, there wonít be any one to help or take the body home,Ē he said.
He said to come to the Port Moresby Hospital was his last resort and after that he didnít know where to go and who to turn to for help.
ďAs a humble citizen of Papua New Guinea I am appealing to the fellow Papua New Guineans to help me to save my sonís life,Ē Mr Gama said.
Mr Gama said his son had under- gone the first operation and the second one is likely to happen but this would depend largely on his financial status. He said anyone wishing to help can contact Joe Imana on his mobile phone 689 4900 or deposit through Mr Gamaís brotherís account number; 1001178574 at Waigani branch.

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[> Subject: Re: Child Seeking Help (Brain Tumor) - PostCourier Report


Author:
Paeo (Lets help.....)
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 03:01:12pm

Freddie,

Kaim, I too am touched by this story after having gone through a similar situation myself. My daugther died from a cyst in her brain in 2004. She was operated on by the only PNG neurosurgeon in POMGH but the cyst wasn't removed properly so we lost the battle. Brain surgeries are very complicated so for patients to have better chances of survival, they need to get specialist treatment outside of the country. In that token I would like to contribute K500.00 to help out this man save his son's life.

Are you still interested in contributing as a group or should we contact the persons listed on the news paper article. Speaking from experience if this is a geniune case, the person whose account number mentioned would have spent more already. I suppose the only way to confirm this case would be to contact the POMGH or PIH. Could anyone with the numbers for these two hospitals help us out with this?

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Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 03:55:29pm

Thanks Kaim Paeo,

I am very interested in helping as suggested earlier. I would like to find out exactly how we can disseminate this money to them. Rather than paying straight into the account # enlisted in the article, I am trying to find out if we can pay PNG RedCross as suggested by Faraway and specifically mention this is a donation for the young boy's medical costs.

Donating seperately is equally as good as donating as a group. But let me find out first.

thanks again
Freddie

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[> [> [> Subject: Phone Calls to Port Moresby General Hospital / Pacific International Hospital Updates


Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 06:41:20pm

An update here...

I have attempted to make several calls to Port Moresby. I made calls to Pacific International Hospital (i.e. ph: 675-323-4400: spoke to Sr. Rose @ the General Ward) and Port Moresby General Hospital Emergency with Dr. Wemin's direct line (ph: 675-324-8239) and here's an update on my calls so far.

Pacific International Hospital
They have no records of the said patient i.e. Kaman Gama (the boy's name) or the father's i.e. Gepa Gama. According to Sr. Rose, there is no record in the General wards or ther other wards. And unfortunately she cannot access records from the last brain scans in the radiology department. The records are inaccessible right now (Saturday 5pm Nov 2007) I will have to call back on Monday to check or follow up to get some reliable updates.

PMGH
I called the hospital and couldn't get any help for any records available within the wards so I was directed to Emergency where I communicated with Dr. Wemin. According to her (Dr. Wemin) there are no records in hand and readily available so I was asked to call back within 2 hours from now. Its Saturday 5:30pm in POM now. She might be able to get some records which she'll go through to identify the patient. The last she recalls was that there was a young boy who was brought in for brain disease but she cannot confirm right off the bat (immediately) hence no concrete info.
I will call her back to see if we can get an update.

To Paeo/Faraway and those who are reading you can check again here later. Hopefully this is not some faked report that came on Post Courier. Nevertheless, I will confirm this with substantial and concrete info, whichever the case be.

I have left the numbers to those hospitals up there in the top so you all can take a chance to call for yyourselves to confirm also.

thanks
Freddie

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Author:
KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 07:06:32pm

To Kaim Freddie

I would also like to make a contribution. You are doing a great job taking an initiative to follow up with this case. I must say that I am motivated by your enterprise. You and Paeo are commendable Engans and Papua New Guineans! I will await for further details from you. I take it now that Freddie is personally taking a leading role in this project on behalf of us Engans and Papua New Guineans who would like to contribute towards this worthy cause. [I await for further information from you.]

To Kaim Paeo:

My heart and prayers have always been with you and Dilis. And I thank God you are blessed today with more beautiful children after that painful ordeal in 2004!

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Freddie
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 09:05:46pm

thanks kaim!

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Author:
Paeo
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Date Posted: Sun, Nov 25 2007, 11:50:59am


Freddie,
Maybe a call to the Post Courier news room might give us with some more information. I will try and find this out and let you all know.

Steve,
Thankyou for your thoughts, we have come over it now and have surely been blessed with a replacement. We don't want some one else to loss a loved one if it is something that we can help with.

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Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Sat, Nov 24 2007, 08:53:25pm

A final follow up with Port Moresby General Hospital after my 2 hours wait got me no records under the boy's name.

According to Dr. Wemin and one of her Clerk's who was assisting; found no available records under the name Kaman Gama. I was told these are the records with the Emergency Ward patient registrants and other related wards only. They may have come and gone with just a consultation service only. In that case I'd have to call back on Monday to talk to the PMGH CEO. I was provided with the following number to reaching the CEO directly. Ph: 675-324-8212 OR 675-324-8246.

With that I think we'll have to wait another day or so perhaps before we can get any substantial information verifying a patient under the said name. This goes for both PIH and PMGH, as reported in the Post Courier on Thursday.

If calls by Monday do not reveal any concrete information about the attendance and registration of a patient under the said name, then I believe the Post Courier reporters have not done their homework well enough before going public, and also a possibility that this article as reported may have been a money scammer's job through a very deceiving and weak entry for the public (genuine donors) to fall prey to such.

Can someone in POM or elsewhere help me to confirm my findings are true to the fact as posted here? I have purposely left phone numbers here so you all can call and confirm also.

Freddie

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Author:
KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 28 2007, 12:47:36am

Kaims, any more news on this matter? Can anyone in POM help point us in the right direction?

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Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 28 2007, 02:16:45am

Paeo said he'd call PCourier POM and get back. Hence, waiting on feedback from him at this stage.

Freddie

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Author:
KLagaipT3
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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 28 2007, 02:32:00am

OK thanks!

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Author:
Paeo
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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 30 2007, 02:13:22pm

Kaims,

The latest I was told by the PC news room was that, the person that wrote the story of the boy with the brain tumour was by a freelance journalist and they were not able to confirm with him that time. Left my contact details for them to get back but they haven't so will try again now and see if I can get an answer. I will provide feedback upon hearing from them.

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