Lets save a life! teenage Mikelle battles with rare brain tumour

BECOMING a teenager is every child’s dream, but reaching the milestone marked a life threatening challenge for young Mikelle Brutus. Weeks after turning 13, in July 2015, the daughter of Michael and Malicia Brutus started to experience pain in her head; and it began to worry not just her parents, but everyone around her. The frequent headaches prompted her parents to take her to local Neurosurgeon Dr. Amarnauth Dukhi who, after conducting a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), discovered that a tumour was lodged in the left side of Mikelle’s brain.

The analysis, done at Dr. Dukhi’s clinic at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), showed that the young lady had a malignant brainstem tumour. This, he explained, is a “diffuse intrinsic brainstem tumour”, which is highly aggressive and difficult to treat, since these tumours are at the base of the brain.

The family is now faced with another hurdle, this time a financial one. According to Mikelle's father, the treatment is priced at US$172,500, which is equivalent to Gy$34.5M, the sum is, however, expected to inflate, and this would then take it to an estimated total of Gy$50M. Unable to meet this high cost to save the life of their child, the family is pleading with the corporate community, religious bodies, and the Government to contribute to this worthy cause.

So lets all help to save Mikelle's life. For details on contributions please contact 694-6500/6897169

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