By GABRIEL FITO
A SPECIAL education resource officer from the Callan Services for Disabled Persons at the Divine Word St Benedict’s campus in Wewak has been diagnosed with a brain tumour that could only be removed by surgery overseas.
Rose Kum, 41, from Pampaneng village, East Sepik province, started experiencing hearing loss in her left ear in 2005 followed by increased pressure in the head in 2006.
She holds a bachelors degree in special education from the Divine Word University and a masters in inclusive or special education from the University of Newcastle, Australia.
She further developed vision problem after returning to Wewak from Callan Services in Lorengau in mid 1990 and was sent to the Callan Services Ear and Eye clinic that referred her to Wewak General Hospital where she was examined.
Ms Kum was again referred to Dr William Kaptigau (neurosurgeon) at the Port Moresby General Hospital to have her brain scan done.
With her brain scan being done in Port Moresby on Oct 29, Dr Kaptigau advised her to have the tumour removed overseas within the next three months.
The sad story is that she now has until this month to raise a total of K72,369 for the surgery and return airfares for two to Australia.
Rose is, therefore, appealing to anyone who is interested to kindly donate money into her Bank South Pacific, Wewak branch account number 1000765384 and fax the deposit slip to 4562924 for acknowledgement.