By Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Two-year-old Deetraclare Mongoru from East Sepik province has been diagnosed as having a boot-shaped heart, and requires immediate surgery.
EMTV spoke to her mother, Rachael Wimba, about the road to recovery.
Rachae has brought Deetraclare all the way from Wewak to Port Moresby.
Initially, doctors taught she had TB and treated her with DOTS until her x-ray report distinguished a lump overhanging from her small organ.
Wimba said during birth she was born a healthy baby at Boram General Hospital.
However, they only found about her condition when Deetraclare was nine-months-old and was taken to Boram General Hospital for a medical check-up.
Wimba, a nurse by profession, said for 11 years she had been a life saver in the hospital treating patients until recently she found out about her own child.
However, the cost of undergoing heart surgery in health facilities in the country is very expensive, an expense single parent cannot afford.
It costs more than K50,000 to undergo operations in Port Moresby.
Deetraclare’s parents are now appealing to corporate entities, business houses, their local MP and to the public for their assistance.
Contributions can be forwarded to the account name:
Rachael Wimba BSP Wewak, Account #1001166247.
Deetraclare’s mother can be reached on mobile number 7381 4091.