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Apr 8, 2015

Belize City Mother Needs Your Help

Angela Smith

There is another family that is seeking financial assistance. A young Belize City mother is asking for help to cover medical expenses overseas. Two weeks ago, after she gave birth, twenty-four year old Angela Smith was diagnosed with liver cancer. For six months she had been living with pain and wasn’t properly diagnosed until the pains got more intense. Angela and her mother spoke with News Five today to ask the public for help because she hopes to leave Belize on Sunday for medical treatment.


Angela Smith, Cancer Patient

“Right after I gave birth, I realized that my belly was swollen and that the pain was getting more intense. When I went to the emergency they did several tests and that was when I found out I had cancer. It has been hard because one month ago I lost my father to cancer. It is something that I can’t really cope with and I really would like to get some help to go for treatment.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you were told that you have liver cancer and you can get treatment. Where were you told you’re able to get medical attention?”


Angela Smith

“Well, I was told that it is treatable and it is still in the early stages. We are either looking at-we are trying to go to the U.S or in Guatemala.”


Andrea Polanco

“In terms of the monies that you need for medical treatment; what sum are you looking at?”


Michelle Massiah

Angela Smith

“For the first chemo we are looking at ten thousand dollars. To be honest, we are far from it and I have two young children; a three year old and a one month old baby and I want to be around for them you know. So, I am pleading to the public to please help.”


Michelle Massiah, Mother of Angela Smith

“In the case of liver cancer, the treatment is not readily available. Chemo is available for most liver cases, but for liver cancer there are many other procedures. For example, there is a tase that they want to do on her. The procedure shrinks the tumor and allows them to resection the liver- which is to cut the liver. You can cut eighty percent of the liver and it can rejuvenate; grow back and lot of other options available. But in Belize none of these procedures are available; only chemo is available. So, we want to let her live and do whatever it takes for her to live. She is my only child and I want to do anything that is possible for her to live. The ten thousand that she mentioned is only initially for the first visit to Guatemala and she will have many other trips after that if that is route we will take. I am appealing and asking the public to assist us as my child, Angela really needs to get treatment.”


If you’d like to assist Smith, you can make a deposit at Belize Bank account number 695-2233-0997 or you can call 650-8962. The family will be having a barbecue sale to raise funds on Friday, April tenth at their Amara Avenue residence.

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