On March 29, 2015, when St. Lucia News Online (SNO) published the story about Anette Smith’s life-threatening illness and her plea for help with funding for a crucial lung surgery, many St. Lucians expressed their sympathy.
In fact, the post on SNO’s Facebook page reached 37,776 people; garnered 119 shares; 239 likes, and 17 comments.
However, exactly one week after the story’s publication, and despite the numerous outpouring of sympathy, only $666.00 – from 20 people – has been posted, Smith’s crowd-funding page on gofundme.com has shown.
Smith needs $63,000 Canadian or $134,000 ECD for the life-saving surgery. SNO is unaware if Smith has received other donations, other than what was received via gofundme.com
The 49-year-old resident of Saltibus, who requires the monies urgently to do the surgery in France, had described her illness as a “struggle of a lifetime”, and if goes untreated “will end my life”.
She further stated: “My condition is from severe Chronic Thrombo-Embolic Pulmonary Hypertensive (CTEPH) disease. It is a life-threatening condition. I am not able to walk for long because if I do, I’m not able to breathe. I’m also not able to do any work because of the blood leakage in my heart. The cost of the surgery is extensive, and I simply cannot do this on my own.”
“Please reach into your heart and ask: what would you do if you were in the same situation? Reaching out for help is hard, asking for charity is hard. But fighting for life is even harder. I just want that opportunity. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,” she concluded.
Persons can continue to make donations via gofundme.com. Click here to donate.