Penni Beckles-George reads with her son Micah George at their home in Coconut Trace, Fanny Village, Point Fortin.

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Donations for Penni Beckles-George’s life-saving surgery are coming in but it is a race against time as an ambulance rushed the Point Fortin mother to hospital on Friday. Beckles-George, 35, has a left frontal meningioma and aneurysm of the cavernous segment of the right internal carotid artery. Her condition can be fatal if a cerebral artery aneurysm embolisation isn’t done soon. The aneurysm can erupt at any time or result in a stroke.

The public health system does not have the equipment to do the surgery, to Beckles-George’s family is feverishly working to raise $200,000 for the procedure to be done at a private medical institution.

She is unable to work because of her condition, and since the closure of Petrotrin in 2018, her husband Daniel George is unable to find employment. George told the Sunday Guardian he was at the Legends Sports Bar in Point Fortin preparing for a barbeque fundraiser when Beckles-George called him saying that an ambulance was on its way to take her to the hospital. By the time he got home, Point Fortin Mayor Saleema Thomas and police officers were in his yard.He explained, “A lady contacted my wife to offer a donation. While speaking to her, the lady realised something was not right and decided to call the ambulance. While speaking to the lady who was offering the donation, she started getting problems with responding. Her tongue was not raising, and her hand started to twitch. As the lady realised something was not right, she raised an alarm. Using her discretion, she contacted the mayor, who called the police as well,” George said.The ambulance took Beckles-George to the Point Fortin Hospital where doctors examined her then arranged for her to be transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH).George said his wife was speaking a little better than Friday night but still cannot speak clearly.

He said Friday’s barbeque raised approximately $12,000 and there was a curryque sale taking place in New Grant yesterday. So far, the Go Fund Me account has raised more than $20,000, Fund Me TnT has raised over $20,000, and the First Citizens Bank account has more than $50,000 in contributions.Anyone willing to assist can deposit funds to the FCB account– Penni Omega Beckles-George 2415961. They can also contact George at 770-3062.