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$5500 away from normal

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, January 26, 2014

A 54-YEAR-OLD Nasinu man with a hole in his throat is seeking assistance from the public to raise $5500 so he can receive cancer treatment in India at the end of next month.

Paras Ram has been diagnosed with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer of the throat which, following a surgery at CWM Hospital, has left him with a hole in his throat and the loss of his vocal chords and voice.

The former painter visited The Fiji Times beaming with happiness because the Health Ministry had just agreed to assist him with medical treatment in Balaji Hospital in Pune, India.

"I know my life will get so much easier if I go to India to receive this treatment," Mr Ram wrote on his yellow writing pad which, apart from mouthing words and hand gestures, is the only way he can communicate with people.

The treatment he hopes will change his life is chemotherapy on a day care basis, six cycles, six times a week; and radiation — five radiations on day care basis for one week.

The ministry has agreed to pay for the treatment which would cost more than $11,000 but Mr Ram needs $5500 more for accommodation, food and extra expenses for his 10-week stay in India.

"I have tried to live a normal life but it's really hard. People still look at me and stare at the hole in my throat," he said.





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