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Adiah Mya Despot, just one-year-old, is afflicted with a painful and disfiguring tumour on her face that could cause her to bleed to death if it ruptures. The toddler has a hemangioma vascular tumour which completely covers her chin and lower lip and is also growing inside of her mouth. Her mother, Stacy Despot, 22, needs to raise approximately $350,000 to take Adiah abroad for surgery to remove the tumour. The unemployed single parent said she feels helpless seeing her daughter in constant pain.
“Inside her mouth bleeds and it is painful. There is also a growth under her tongue. She now starting to walk so if she falls and hit it she would cry out. “She has trouble drinking from her bottle. I don’t know what to, I only getting the run around and it getting worse,” she said. Despot, a YTEPP student, who lives with her mother and brother in Point Fortin, added: “It is hard, especially when I take her out and people stare at her. They don’t let their children play with her.” Despot said when she asked officials of the Ministry of Health about the Children’s Life Fund they told her that the facility not yet in service. The tumour began as a red spot on Adiah’s bottom lip when she was three weeks old. It then spread to her chin and began swelling.
“The infection started to eat away her lip,” Despot said. She said doctors told her the surgery cannot be performed locally. When she wrote to the Health Minister in June seeking help, she was asked to submit certain documents. When she mailed in the documents the first time they lost it; the second time they said they did not receive it and the third time she hand delivered it. Despot said doctors at The Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto told her they have to first examine the child before they could give a quotation for the operation. Ministry officials, however, have told her she has to produce the quotation otherwise they can’t help her. With the assistance of her family, Despot is planning a barbecue and concert to raise funds.
Persons willing to make donations can call 757-1815 or deposit funds to account #11000000121735 at RBC Royal Bank.