The National, Friday October 18th, 2013
By PETER ESOP WARI
A MOTHER from Pangia, Ialibu-Pangia district, Southern Highlands is struggling to raise K50,000 for medical treatment overseas after she was diagnosed with brain tumour.
Debi Rex Tungula, 45, married to a Seventh-Day Adventist Church pastor has four children and lives at Sunda village, outside Mendi town.
Husband Pastor Rex Biwa, from Erave, Southern Highlands, said his wife was referred to the Mendi General Hospital after eight months of constant headaches and gradual weakness of the legs.
Biwa said she was admitted to the Port Moresby General Hospital and had neurological examinations carried out from Feb 26.
“Doctors have finally agreed that surgical extirpation is the ideal treatment for her case and admitted that surgery in Papua New Guinea was inadequate due to lack of operating equipment,” he said.
Biwa said doctors recommended surgery abroad that would cost a minimum of K50,000 and the recommended time was within a month from now as her condition may deteriorate.
“This is a huge burden to the family and I appeal to family members and friends who may have the willing heart to support us in this time of need,” he said.
Tungula said she could not move around.
“K50,000 is a huge amount of money and we (family) are completely lost but the family always pray and have faith in the Lord,” she said.
Tungula was admitted in Port Moresby after being referred from Mendi General Hospital.
Neurological examinations confirmed the sickness and she was able to walk with support and her speech and memory functions are intact.
The family is appealing to people for help.
They can be contacted on 7061 3445 or 7249 5488.
Donations can be made to BSP account Rex Biwa Sorolo, number 000908448.