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Penni Beckles-George pleads with the public to help fund a surgery to remove an aneurysm in her brain, while at her home at Coconut Trace, Fanny Village, Point Fortin.

Thanks to the generous donations of good samaritans and corporate Trinidad and Tobago, Point Fortin mother of three Penni Beckles-George almost has the funds needed for her life-saving brain surgery.

Beckles-George, however, is still being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital. Last Friday, she was taken to the Point Fortin Hospital after she complained of feeling unwell and was subsequently transferred to the San Fernando hospital. The 35-year-old woman has a brain aneurysm and a brain tumour.

While the doctors advised that the tumour was not life-threatening, they explained that the brain aneurysm could rupture at any time resulting in her death or serious health complications.

She needs an urgent Cerebral Artery Aneurysm Embolization.

The procedure was supposed to have been done on March 22, at the St Clair Medical Centre under the management of the Caribbean Heart Care Medcorp Ltd. However, she was unable to raise the money in time. The total cost of the procedure and care is $200,000. In an interview yesterday, her husband Daniel George said they have so far raised over $176,000, but he was confident that they will meet the target. He explained that they contacted the medical facility and she has to be reassessed to get an update on her present condition.

Once this is done, a new date will be set for the surgery.

In the meantime, George said his wife remains at the hospital.

“She has little mobility but has to remain on the bed as much as possible. Her speech has improved.” However, she continues to get headaches.

Overwhelmed by the public’s generosity, George was grateful to everyone who has assisted in one way or the other.

“Thank you to every single person and organisation who helped or donated. Thanks to all our Facebook friends and those on our WhatsApp contacts, to the public including foreigners who gave and to everyone else who prayed, shared the posts or donated and helped with fundraisers.”

Donations for the mother of three can be made to FCB account 2809589.