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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.
---- 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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