Woman seeks help to have eye surgery
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Although very thankful for the help already received, 42-year-old domestic worker Viora Chambers says she still needs in excess of half-a-million dollars to remove a tumour at the back of her left eye.
"I am unable to finance this expensive operation," Chambers said in a letter seeking help to source what she said was an outstanding amount of $541,689.89.
Chambers should have been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday for the operation which is said to be very urgent.
A donation of $280,000 from Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher and business leaders in the parish has been a "big help" says Chambers even as she pleads for further assistance.
Fisher contributed $110,000 from his salary, Levon Electrical & Hardware Ltd $50,000, Mullings Farm Store $50,000, Bent's Funeral Home 30,000, 21st Century Supermarket $20,000 and Maxwell's Construction $20,000.
"We have tried to reach out ...we made a sacrifice," said Fisher who spoke to the Jamaica Observer on behalf of himself and the business representatives.
Relatives of Chambers said monies received so far had gone to providing inputs required as a pre-requisite for the operation.
According to a copy of a pro-forma invoice from the University Hospital, itemised costs to be paid which add up to $541,689.89 include Use of Theatre, $25,720; Recovery Room $15,670; Room and Board (at $1560 per day) $21,840; Surgeon's Fee $150,000; Assistant Surgeon's Fee $49,950; Anaesthetist Fee $60,000; Anaesthetic Fee $10,800; Theatre disposables $22,500; Drugs and IV Fluids $18,789.89; Laboratory Tests $12,570; Ward Disposables and Dressing $9,650; ECG and Xray $4,200; Intensive care Unit at $35,000 per day.