Boy, 13, battling cancer; family seeks help for overseas treatment


Diagnosed with a type of cancer which spreads rapidly from its point of origin, the family of a 13-year-old boy is seeking financial assistance for him to undergo emergency treatment overseas.

The family from Yakasari, Black Bush Polder, Berbice were told by local doctors that there is nothing they can do to help him.

Chitram Ayana called ‘Vinesh’, a student of Tagore Memorial High School was diagnosed with Metastatic Cancer- a disease which spreads to other parts of the body rapidly.

According to Ayana’s mother, Selene Williams, he was a playful and energetic teen up until October 22, 2018, when he had a minor leg injury.

She said doctors advised that the lad undergo surgery but the leg eventually healed and that plan was abandoned, however, Vinesh later became ill and eventually fell unconscious on Christmas Day.

Chitram Ayana called ‘Vinesh’, a student of Tagore Memorial High School, was diagnosed with Metastatic Cancer

“He was healthy back again, then he fall sick with a fever, pain in his belly…we took him to Mibicuri Hospital and they treat him and send him back. Christmas morning he fell sick. He got up to go to the toilet and he fell unconscious and his entire body turned white…up to now, he hasn’t recovered,” the distraught mother of two said.

Vinesh was taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where he was treated and sent to the New Amsterdam Hospital.

He was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where the family was told that he had an infection in his blood.

All other tests show that the teen has cancer in the Liver, but the cancer cells have since spread to the Kidney and Gall bladder.

They have since done a biopsy to ascertain the cause, or extent of the disease for which the results will be available on January 18.

Chitram Ayana’s parents are pleading for help so he can get treatment overseas.

However, the family was told that “the hospital does not have any treatment for him” and is trying to get funds to seek overseas treatment.

“He really sick, a lot of pain, fever…he crying about a lot of pain…we need any support we can get,” the tearful mother told the News Room.

Presently, the lad is at the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was admitted on Tuesday and is waiting to receive a blood transfusion.

So far a Go Fund Me has been set up to raise funds. Persons desirous of helping can follow the link.

Contact can also be made on telephone numbers: 592 644-6865 or 592 615 9553.

Meanwhile, the Tagore Memorial High Cricket Club will be hosting a “Friendly Cricket Competition”, to raise funds to support Ayana.

The event will be held on January 13 starting from 9:30am at the Budhan’s Memorial Ground Number 66 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.

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