Sunday 15 December, 2019

Niamh still seeking funds for cancer treatment

The public has been giving generously to Niamh Stoute, a 16-year-old teen who is battling an aggressive form of cancer but there is still some way to go.

The teen was diagnosed back in October 2009 with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a children’s cancer with a survival rate of 40 percent.

Last month, the family launched a Go Fund Me appeal aimed at raising $150,000 to cover medical and travel expenses for treatment, including morphine for pain management, stent replacement, Pet Scans, CT Scans, MRIs, blood analysis, and ongoing drainage procedures.

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There was also an account set up at CIBC First Caribbean for local donations. As of November 19, both accounts have reached just under $100,000.

For the past two weeks, Niamh has been at the Montefiore Medical Centre in New York. Since her arrival, the doctors have been running tests and have done a few procedures in an effort to determine how they will tackle the problems she is still experiencing as a result of the existing mass that is pressing on her organs and blood vessels.

Doctors have started Niamh on an intravenous nutrition plan as well as a pain treatment plan which has allowed her to be more comfortable at times. The family is still awaiting a long term treatment plan from the doctors. 

The public is being urged to contribute to the Go Fund Me appeal and the bank account to reach the target of $150,000.

The family and friends of Niamh have expressed gratitude to all those who have donated and ask that they continue to support the teen as she fights to be healthy again.

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