A FOUR-year-old girl needs financial help to go overseas and get medical help.
Tiara Morea Nanai is from Lealea and Tubusereia villages in Central Province. She is currently hospitalised at Port Moresby General Hospital.
She was admitted on February 8 with severe headaches.
CT scans done showed a mass in the right temporal-parietal region which has been reported as a glioma (brain tumor).
"Although we would have preferred the urgent operation-treatment to be done here in PNG to minimise costs, we have been advised by medical specialists that there are no adequate facilities available in PNG to perform this delicate operation-treatment," said Loi Edward, a close relative.
Tiara’s parents, Morea Momo and Delilah Hetahu, and family members had decided to seek medical treatment overseas, particularly at a reputable hospital in Brisbane, Australia, as they have family members living in Brisbane who would provide accommodation and support.
Medical sources in Brisbane have advised that ideally an operation of this nature requires an upfront payment to the accepting hospital in Brisbane prior to her admission.
The remainder of the total cost of the operation/treatment must be paid upon presentation of final invoices from the hospital.
An estimated total medical cost for the operation and rehabilitation in Australia amounts to over A$100,000, that is, about K250,000.