A child, at young age, according to the John K. Kennedy (JFK) hospital has over time been suffering from cancer in the eye which was at the advanced stage.
The cost, accordingly for the mother, whom the hospital considered to be from a poor family, was something she would not have easily afforded.
But with the help of God, there came a philanthropist gesture of Indian business tycoon, Upjit Singh Sachdeva (Jeety) who had struck an agreement with the hospital, and the Liberia Eye Center- L V Prasad Eye Institute to settle the medical bills of any child below the age of 12-years old who has an eye problem.
“The children’s doctors at JFK administered 6 cycles of chemotherapy which helped the tumor to shrink. Then the eye surgeon removed the eye. After 2 months they fitted an artificial eye to match with the other eye. The chemotherapy continued for another 6 months and thus 12 cycles of chemotherapy were completed.
“Being an advanced cancer in a child from a poor family, entire treatment was done at no charge to the family through combined efforts of the Liberia Eye Center- L V Prasad Eye Institute, JFK Medical Center and the philanthropist, Upjit Singh Sachdeva,” JFK said in a release posted on their facebook page.
“Sachdeva generously supports chemotherapy of children with eye cancer [and eye problem] at the Liberia Eye Center. At the end of treatment, the mother says, ‘I don’t care if the doctors removed her eye, but am happy that now she does not have eye pain and her life is saved.”
According to the release, even though the baby whom they did not name the eye is removed, the artificial eye is serving a good purpose to match with the other eye. Such complex treatments are now possible at the eye clinic of JFK Medical Center and patients do not need to travel to other countries for treatment, the hospital said.
Sachdeva who is the former Indian Honorary Consul General to Liberia, and a philanthropist who is known for combating among the country’s vulnerable population to address the problem.
The meal, which comes as a different dish each day, is provided with water and juice to at least 400 people at a time including inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison. He has also helped to improve the prison facility’s sanitary conditions. During the heat of COVID-19, the number of persons fed was much higher.
Elsewhere, Sachdeva recommenced his hot cooked meal feeding program to inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison. He presented a bowl of sumptuous meal, cake, water and soft drink, among others to each of the over 1,300 inmates at the facility.
He observed that if every foreign entrepreneur residing and doing businesses across the length and breadth of the country “starts feeding about 10 people every day, I can guarantee that nobody will sleep hungry in this country.”
“It’s better to give than to receive. And I urge every fellow businessman out there that we should continue to serve humanity. Everybody has to take some initiative for them and for society. Don’t give to get; give to inspire others.”
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