Parents of child with brain tumor appeal for help

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By Latrishka Thomas

Parents of a five-year-old boy diagnosed with a brain tumour are appealing to the public for financial help.

Casime Mapp Jnr had been suffering from severe migraines and vomiting since 2018 before being recently diagnosed with a posterior fossa tumor. His parents hope to raise US$25,000 to send the child to Trinidad for treatment.

“I want to reach out to the whole of Antigua and Barbuda and regional and internationally… to help me to get this surgery done for my son. He is really in need at this moment. Any little contribution will be greatly appreciated,” father Casime Mapp said.

The Cooks Hill resident also explained what led to the boy being diagnosed.

 “Basically, he has been complaining of a headache from since October in 2018 and we took him to numerous different doctors and the most they do is send us to do blood tests and give us medication.

“Most time when he has the headache he just throw up and vomit but this particular time his mom decided to take him to the hospital and that’s when we find out. And when the headache come, it come for like this time and then maybe couple of months pass and then it would return.”

Casime Mapp and his family will be conducting two fundraisers in the form of luncheons and BBQs in St John’s.

The first will be held on Saturday February 1 at Judgement Square from 11am, followed by a second on Saturday February 8 at the VC Bird Monument from 11am-4pm.

Anyone interested in making a donation can contact the boy’s father at 780-7863 or his mother Abigail Wright at 7851716/1717.

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