Regular readers of my blog know Fiji is my heart. I conceived a baby there, I have travelled there many times. I love the people and the country, and this week with Cyclone Winston and the havoc it caused to this beautiful nation it is even more on my mind than usual. Despite having little and losing so much the Fijian people continue to smile and get on with it. This week I also heard about a little Fijian boy – and his story has touched me to my soul.
Ashmit is a 10 year old boy from a remote, rural area in Fiji’s Sigatoka Valley. Three months ago a huge growth appeared above his left ear. It was diagnosed as Angiosarcoma – an aggressive, cancerous tumour. This type of cancer is extremely rare in children, and even rarer in and around the brain. Angiosarcoma is a cancer in the lining of the blood vessels – Ashmit’s tumour has doubled in size in the past 6 weeks and is now encroaching on his sinuses, causing him a huge amount of pain. Currently his only treatment is pain relief.
There is no medical facilities in the remote area where this family lives, or in Fiji. Ashmit’s only chance is emergency surgery, chemotherapy and radiation which through the charity Fiji kids! Learning for Life has been arranged. A neurological team are on standby in Australia to treat Ashmit – the neurosurgeon has recommended urgent action and is ready to admit Ashmit now. Ashmit would be treated as a full fee paying overseas patient, and the cost to do this is $100,000. This money will secure a medical emergency visa and book Ashmit for this urgent surgery.
How can you help?
Donate to the Go Fund Me Page set up
Like & share the Saving Ashmit Facebook Page – even if you are not in a position to donate by sharing you can help reach people who are.
If ever the saying “every dollar counts” is true – this is it.
Thank you for reading.