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Businessman gives $5,000 for baby’s scan

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Chaguanas businessman has donated $5,000 to ensure that baby Christopher Sahadeo Poonilal gets the urgent medical treatment he needs.

Dipnarinesingh’s Tours and Travel owner Rajiv Dipnarinesingh said he was reading the digital T&T Guardian around 2 am yesterday when he came across the story about baby Christopher. He said he was touched by the story he decided to donate all the money needed for the scan for the one-year-old.

“I am a parent and I understand what this family is feeling. After reading the story I became very emotional and I decided there and then to make sure the medical bills are taken care of,” Dipnarinesingh told Guardian Media yesterday.

He appealed to the business community to ensure the underprivileged in society are taken care of. He said despite harsh economic times everyone must be each other’s keeper.

“If we want to build a society we cannot just talk charity and good deeds, we must also walk the walk. We must truly become our brother’s keeper. There is so much talk about bringing back the old time days, my challenge is to those who can spare go out there and assist.”

Dipnarinesingh handed a cheque the baby’s parents, Curtis Poonilal and Christine Sahadeo, at his Eleanor Street, Chaguanas office around midday yesterday.

Poonilal, who said they were grateful for the money, said his phone was bombarded with calls after the story appeared in the newspaper. He said people are also willing to assist them with food and baby supplies since they are both unemployed and live on handouts.

Baby Christopher has been suffering seizures since the couple’s house at Rio Claro collapsed in December and ceiling tiles fell on his head. The money is to undertake an electroencephalography scan on the child’s brain at a private medical hospital after he was admitted to the San Fernando General Hospital after suffering a seizure. The child was treated at the hospital and has since been discharged, but the scan he needed could not be done there because the electroencephalography machine has been down for the past two years.

A team of doctors led by Dr Rajindra Parag has been caring for Christopher. Anyone wanting to contact the family can call 380-3606.


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