Fisherman seeks help for brain cancer treatment in Colombia


The family of Sunil France, a Better Hope, East Coast Demerara fisherman is seeking funds from the public for him to undergo brain cancer treatment at a Colombian health facility.

The 31-year-old man was diagnosed with brain cancer last November and according to his wife, Tricia France, he spends most of his days sleeping due to the tumor.

Tricia shared with the News Room that her husband returned from sea in November due to headaches he was having. She took him to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was diagnosed with having brain cancer following CT scans.

Tricia said she was devastated and shocked after hearing the news.

According to her, Sunil worked as a fisherman since the age of 16 and was the sole breadwinner of their family since their marriage, nine years ago.

After the diagnosis, Sunil’s family was told that Guyana cannot provide the medical treatment that he requires.

“The doctors basically told us that they can’t treat him,” Tricia said.

He was referred to a facility in Colombia that can provide the treatment but Tricia said the family cannot afford the $10 million cost.

The Ministry of Health has since donated $1 million which will be paid directly to the facility for the treatment but she said it is difficult for her to get the remaining $9 million on her own while still covering her household expenses and looking after her husband.

Persons who want to offer assistance can contact Tricia on (592) 683-5351 or make donations to the Demerara Bank account #201 8927.

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