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Nov 29, 2005

Mother of nine pleads for public’s help to get surgery

Story PictureIn this next story, we introduce you to a woman who has endured more pain and suffering in the last twelve months than most will in a lifetime. Last November, forty-five year old Ann Tiabo gave birth to twin boys in a Chetumal hospital, but within hours the newborns passed away. Now a year later, Tiabo finds herself in a similar state as on November second, she returned to the same Mexican medical facility where she gave birth to triplets, two boys and a girl. Sadly, they lived only one hour. Coupled with the grief of her loss, doctors had more bad news for the mother of nine: her heart and kidneys are giving out on her and there is water in her lungs. Without surgery, her chances of survival are slim. Tonight, the desperate Cayo resident is appealing to the Belizean community for financial assistance for the emergency surgery.

Ann Tiabo, Needs Medical Assistance
?We have about three weeks now cause the baby them dead from the second of November, it?s been three weeks now every time the doctor di call want know when I wah reach. But I tell ah doctor, I noh have the money. He deh ask for fifteen thousand dollars fu help me.?

Janelle Chanona
?What will they do once they get the money? What?s the surgery for??

Ann Tiabo
?He say he have to?number one, the main valve, like the one to my heart, da one the blood no di function none at all. Then I end up with an enlarged heart and then I notice myself now, the way how I di walk now, last week, whole ah half of me get dead, dead, dead.?

?But as I tell you, da wah bad feeling. So I seh I wah try come and ask the public if they could help me. As well, the doctor tell me, Miss Tiabo the quicker you get the money just call we and you just come and we will ker you right away. You just represent yourself to the hospital and we will get you to Clinica Merida. But I notice now da three weeks now and some spell I done give up.?

If you would like to donate money to Ann Tiabo, you can make a deposit at Atlantic Bank account number 210750579 or you can contact the family at their residence in San Ignacio on Colin’s Boulevard. Tiabo can also be reached at telephone number 606-8014 or 601-3215.

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