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ANOTHER group of Guyanese, mainly children, left yesterday for India where they will undergo surgery for heart conditions, Head of the Kids First Fund group, First Lady Varshnie Jagdeo said.

In a press release, she said that building on the success of the Heart 2 Heart programme of September last year and last March, a group of 29 is heading to India.

“There are 18 patients who need open heart surgery; four are adults and 14 are children. The younger children are being accompanied by eight very anxious mothers. Two Kids First Fund volunteers are accompanying the group courtesy of BWIA”, she said.

The patients are:

** TASHMINIE DEVI DIAS OF WESTERN HOGG ISLAND

** JACOBUS XUAN OF KABAKABURI

** SASHA KUMAR OF MON REPOS

** ODINGA GEORGE OF TIMEHRI DOCKS

** BRANDON SEEPERSAUD OF NIGG, BERBICE

** SHIVANI RAMRAJ OF ALBOUYSTOWN

** MELISSA COX OF WERK-EN-RUST

** DENNIS RAMCHAND OF CUMMINGS LODGE

** ORIN FERNANDES OF SOESDYKE

** NIGEL ROGERS 127 WISROC H/S, LINDEN

** JOSHUA KARPEN OF MAHAICONY

** STEPHEN NELSON OF FRIENDSHIP

** SHERRY SAMUELS OF WAUNA, NORTH WEST

** PHULMATTIE SINGH OF LOWER KARA KARA

** YOULANEY MELENY MARVA TRIM OF MOCHA

** RUPERT SINGH OF GEORGETOWN

** CURTIS NESTOR OF LINDEN

** SUBHASHNIE GANSAN OF WEST COAST BERBICE

Mrs Jagdeo said this trip, which coincides with the 40th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence, was made possible by the generosity of Mr Anand Victor Ramdin, a U.S.-based Guyanese who won a poker competition and was determined to do something to help the less fortunate in Guyana.

Ramdin is a member of the Guyana Watch group and is sponsoring the trip. He will be joining the group along with his colleague Mr Craig Mochson in the United Kingdom, the First Lady said.

“We are eternally grateful to him for these wonderful gifts he is giving to those who could never have afforded to pay for their surgery”, she added.

Tomorrow, the Federation of Guyanese Nationals and Guyana (UK) Sports Development Association will be hosting a family fun day at the Crystal Palace National Sports Stadium in London to raise funds for the cause.

Kids First Fund will be having a “Buy Local” stall and running a raffle at the event. The first prize will be two tickets to Guyana courtesy of BWIA and other prizes include jewellery, Berbice chairs, sculpture and art.

All the proceeds from the stall and the raffle will go to fund the Kids First Fund’s programmes, Mrs Jagdeo said.

The surgeries will be done by Dr K.M. Cherian at the Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Chennai, India at a specially discounted rate.

Mrs Jagdeo said there are hundreds of children and adults in need of heart surgery here and time is against her group trying to help.

“Kids First only deals with financially challenged families and without the help of the Ministry of Health, the fund, the private sector and the general public, they would have no way of affording this life saving surgery by themselves”, she said.

“Once the type of cardiac defect is diagnosed, the only beneficial way forward is surgical correction, which can only happen if you can pay for it before hypertension sets in.

“Once a patient gets hypertension, it matters not if you have a billion US dollars at your disposal. The small window of opportunity to do anything meaningful, surgery wise, would have been lost and the child will eventually die from heart failure”, she said.

“The Heart 2 Heart campaign offers sick children the chance to access a new lease of life free and at the fraction of the cost elsewhere to us, who have to pay for it. In India we get world class health care, at a very attractive price and no visa restrictions to access it.

We are doing constant fundraising in order to help as many children as possible before it is too late. It is expected that after timely surgery, the children can be as vivacious as their peers and lead normal lives.

British West Indies Airlines and Air India have granted us special rates for the air fares from Guyana to the UK and India which are very expensive. We are of course extremely grateful for their support so that money saved in fares can be used to help even more children.”

The First Lady said this will be a regular mission every three months and the next trip is scheduled for August.

Kids First Fund would like to thank all those who have made this trip possible:

Mr Anand Victor Ramdin & family

The Consulate staff at the British and Indian High Commissions; also both High Commissioners

The staff of BWIA & Air India

Frontier Lifeline Hospital

Government of Guyana

Minister of Health & his staff

All at Sheik Hassan Productions

Mr Archer & all at Anjalis Food Deli

Edward B. Beharry & Co. Ltd

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Guyana High Commission UK & India

Alvin Kalicharran Sports Foundation

J & J Aftercare Transport

Big Bus Company

Dr Hardat Persaud

All at Multi-Tech Ref Lab

Woodlands Hospital

Dr Daniels

Mercy Hospital

Guyana Stores

Banks DIH

Executive Bus Charter Services

Uncle Morris & Aunty Dolly

Patsy & Fiyaz

Mr & Mrs Aditsarran

Bowjee Lynn

Mrs N Singh

Ramesh Charran & Family

Kieran Singh

Camilia
All the Kids First Fund UK & GT volunteers/supporters

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