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Venezuela unrest delays test for baby Ariel

By JULIEN NEAVES Friday, March 21 2014

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Kind donors: Bhaggan's Drugs director Ray Ramkissoon, left, and pharmacist Delita Dana Ragoonanan hold Ariel Tia Ali after making a donation toward th...
Kind donors: Bhaggan's Drugs director Ray Ramkissoon, left, and pharmacist Delita Dana Ragoonanan hold Ariel Tia Ali after making a donation toward th...

ONGOING protests and unrest in Venezuela have prevented the parents of ailing two-year-old Ariel Tia Ali from having important medical tests conducted for her in the South American country.

“Because Venezuela is having a riot we are unable to go to the country to do the testing,” Cindy Ali told Newsday yesterday.

Ariel was born prematurely on February 3, 2012 at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital. She suffers with a number of conditions including Atrial Septal Defect, a hole in the heart, an inguinal (groin) hernia and fluid in her ear. She was born with a cleft lip and palette and bilateral talipes (club foot). The family has been seeking to raise $460,000 for a three-month trip to Argentina to have their daughter receive vital medical treatment. The trip was recommended by visiting Argentinian specialists who were in Trinidad in April to help children with heart diseases.

Ali explained they were scheduled to go to Venezuela a few weeks ago to conduct a hemodynamic test on her heart, which is not available locally, and this would ascertain what is the problem in her heart and the blood circulation in her body. She noted that once the fault in her heart is determined the doctors will know what type of surgery is required to correct it.

Ali said because they were not sure how long the protests in Venezuela would last they were looking at Caribbean countries where the test is available and at a similar cost. She said they have organised a medical pass so she will be allowed travel without the need for medical supervision or medication.

Yesterday Ali received a donation from Bhaggan’s Drugs in Prize Plaza, Chaguanas towards Ariel’s medical expenses. The donation was from customers contributing to tins for assistance for children’s medical expenses and this was then matched by Bhaggan’s. Ali thanked the manager and staff for the support and for the kind donation to Ariel.

Ali said her daughter is doing better and after having problems gaining weight she has gained a few pounds; at 18 months she was eight pounds but is currently 13 pounds. She noted because of the weather she was experiencing some congestion and her general breathing problems also continued.

Anyone wishing to assist Ariel can do so via donations made to Republic Bank account number 150480457901. For more information please call Cindy Ali at 472-2041 or her husband, Wazeem, at 328-7366.

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