Saving Little Fiji Boy Ashmit
Saving Little Fiji Boy Ashmit
Ashmit is a 10 year old boy from a remote, rural area in Fiji’s Sigatoka Valley.
Over the past three months a huge growth has appeared above his left ear, and tragically we have been advised that this is Angiosarcoma, an aggressive tumour. Doctors have told us there is no treatment available in Fiji for such a disease. There is nothing they can do.
The tumour is growing at an extraordinary rate and the little boy is in the most terrible pain. The pressure on his brain puts him at risk of brain haemorrhage at any time.
There are no medical facilities in the remote area where this family lives. The medical reports are difficult for this father to follow but he can see his son in terrible pain and understands this is a life and death situation.
Ashmit’s only chance is emergency surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatment. With no facilities in Fiji, we have managed to secure a neurosurgical team who are on standby in Australia.
Ashmit would be treated as a full fee paying overseas patient, and we need $60,000 right now.
Funds are the only thing standing in the way for this little boy, but time is not on our side.
We met Ashmit when he was just 6 years old through our educational charity Fiji Kids! Learning for Life.
Ashmit and his 2 younger brothers (Amish and Aarav) were referred to us by a school principal as his family were so poor they could not afford basic educational costs.
Their Dad is a single father who picks vegetables for a living, earning a few dollars a day. He combines hard labour with caring for three little boys – now aged 10, 9 and 7.
We visited the family and found them living in an abandoned farm house. They had no furniture other than a bed they all shared. An elderly grandmother was bed-ridden in another dark room. There is no electricity and running water is limited to one tap.
Despite their circumstances we were impressed by the hard work, love and dedication this father showed towards his family.
Now at school, all three boys are first in their class, with perfect attendance. They are described by their teachers as modest and delightful boys. They try hard in class and enjoy playing soccer after school.
The medical situation
Angiosarcoma is an extremely rare cancer in children and even more rare in and around the brain.
It is a cancer in the lining of the blood vessels. Ashmit’s tumour is very aggressive and growing incredibly fast, doubling in size in the last 6 weeks. It has encroached on his sinuses, causing tremendous pain.
Last week he and his father made a trek to the nearest town, travelling 2 hours on the back of a carrier van to see a doctor for some stronger medicine for pain. It is the only treatment available.
The neurosurgeon in Australia has recommended urgent action and is ready to admit Ashmit now.
$60,000 will allow us to secure a medical emergency visa, and book Ashmit for emergency surgery in Australia.
($20,000 has already been pledged through charity Fiji Kids! Learning for Life and 2 donors).
It is a lot of money ~ but not if 600 people felt moved to give this boy a chance at life – and had $100 to give.
We have no more than 4 weeks to make a miracle happen.
We are determined, hopeful and eternally grateful for your support.
Please Join Us.
Vinaka (Thank you)
About Fiji kids! Learning for Life
Fiji Kids! Learning for Life is a grassroots charity run by a group of volunteers in Australia. We provide financial assistance to help the neediest children attend school.
Learning for Life refers to the commitment sponsors are asked to make in supporting a child for the duration of their primary and secondary education. Since 2009 we have assisted over 100 children to attend school and now have a number of graduates attending university and vocational studies through our teriarty program.
We are small, with only a program co-ordinator on the ground in Fiji and the rest of the charity operated by a group of volunteers in Australia and Fiji who fit our charity around their fulltime working lives. Despite this we have a big heart and are not shy to do what we need to do in the best interests of the children within our program.
This includes Ashmit. If you require more information please contact me.
Rachelle Matousek (Trustee)
1300 721 121 or +614 09 774085
We are a registered charity in Fiji - registration number 879.
Ashmit’s father once again sent his thanks to everyone that donated and helped to provide Ashmit the surgery and care he needed. He told me that he remembers feeling that all hope was gone and when so many strangers helped him he thought God had sent him angels. So now he prays every day for the good health of everyone who helped Ashmit.
It is true, you all made the difference and have given Ashmit the life he enjoys today. From all of us ‘Vinaka Vaka levu’ (thank you very much) for all the support.
We continue to facilitate the check ups for Ashmit and will keep you up to date with his progress.
He had MRI and CT scans to explore whether further surgery or treatment was possible on his brain tumour.
Thanks to your support Ashmit has been in the care of the best possible doctors, however after reviews by a series of specialists, they have confirmed that everything possible has been done for this little boy.
The surgery and radiation has slowed the progress of Ashmit's disease - which is the best they can offer with such a difficult condition.
Ashmit has been given the gift of extra time with his beloved Dad and little brothers. This has only been possible with your wonderful generosity.
The photo we have posted is of Ashmit and his Dad as they left Sydney airport. He was extremely happy and excited to be going home to play with his brothers and see his friends.
Ashmit will now be in the care of a wonderful specialist doctor in Suva and we will continue to offer every possible support to Ashmit and his family.
Thank you. We have been so humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support and love for Ashmit.
Ashmit was treated for a very nasty post-radiation rash and was very tired after his treatment but other than that was able to enjoy his life again for the most part free of any pain. He has recently experienced an ear ache which requires some investigation however this has not been possible in Fiji – the only MRI machine in the country has been out of order for over 6 months.
Thanks to your support, Ashmit has returned to Australia this week for his 6 month check-up. He will have repeat scans of his head and brain to see how the remaining tumour has responded to the radiation therapy, and to establish whether any further treatment is possible to improve Ashmit’s long-term outlook. We are certainly hoping that the news is good. We will do whatever possible to ensure that he can return to Fiji again to resume his life again.
We will keep you posted on updates over the next couple of coming weeks.
Let's all be quick and meet the target please. Time is precious. Also admin, please ask Ministry of Health (FJ) and UNICEF to help. If an emergency letter to Australian PM is written I am sure he will atleast waive the international treatment fees. In the lets continue to keep our pledge rolling. Vinaka.
Hi, another $1150.00 was deposited in ANZ acc by Jacks Of Fiji staffs, get wel soon Asmit
Hi just wondering is $20000 given by fiji kids will be added to the donated money to make $60000? Thanks fiji kids without your support and the generous donors,this wont be possible.i know the family personally.hoping for safe surgery and fast recovery CHAMP
Thanks Krishneal, we appreciate your support. Our Fiji bank account details are as follows: ANZ Bank, Market Street Sigatoka | Account Name: Fiji Kids! Learning for Life | Account Number: 10880968 | Bank Number: 175786
Hi I have some potential donors within Fiji and they wish to help but don't have access to online credit, PayPal etc, is there any Fijian bank account they can deposit in thanks
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Rachna Ram-Singh - Yes, we have the neurosurgeon as well as other specialists in Fiji involved.
Hi there. Which hospital did you go to? Have you consulted the local neuro surgeon and plastic surgeon?