All 50-year old Ruth Hurst-Duncan wants is $50,000 more to get heart valve replacement surgery.
She is making an appeal to the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for further assistance.
The Scarborough woman, who suffered a bout of rheumatic fever as a child, did a similar surgery in 2009 and was given a pig's value, but the valve has now collapsed.
As a Jehovah's Witness, she must get a bloodless surgery as her religion does not allow procedures involving blood transfusion.
This means that even though the surgery is available in Trinidad, it cannot be done there as medical facilities only offer blood transfusion surgeries.
However, Cuba offers the same surgery without blood transfusion for $178,000.
Hurst-Duncan hasn't worked for years, due to her illness and is getting a public assistance grant. Still, she raised a little over $30,000 through donations and bar-b-que sales.
The THA, through the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, has promised $104,000.75¢.
Her funds coupled with the money from the THA, fall short of the full amount needed for the surgery. The shortfall in funds is approximately $50,000.
Without that money, she has months to live.