Only $666 in 8 days

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Only $666 in 8 days

 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. 

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  1. Not surprised at some of us Lucians. Just bec the lady have a nice house don't mean she can afford the operation. And for those who don't know she is currently unemployed as far as I heard. If yal can't donate just let those who can do so don't show yal bad manners.

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  2. If you take a pic in the whit house does it mean you own it. That person who said he or she is a nurse I wonder where he ir she got qualified because you sick you must nit look good wow amazing

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  3. That person who said he or she from saltibus and know her to be well off. Wow I know this lady from manumatics she has worked hard and I dont know what well off means because we can eat and live. Wow these comments are sad if you don't want to contribute dont but don't judge

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  4. UPSET...... why get upset.everyone is entitled to speak their mind..its true first thing u see is a well off lady. I am from saltibus I know this lady, from times. I was shocked when I see her asking help. Reason is I know her to be well off, has a very good job from time I know her.

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    • Living in a "Big" house doesn't mean you own it. The property only becomes yours when the final payment is done.
      You are basically the "Custodian" (so to speak) of the property.
      And it certainly doesn't mean she has Money.

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  5. I think it is unfair to those who have contributed to comment on how little the amount raised so far is! I have yet to see a thank you for the help received so far! Be grateful for small mercies and then bigger mercies will follow! A self help initiative could be started and then maybe persons would be more inclined to help!!!!

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    • & your point? Because she's sick, can't she have a NICE house?......small minded! Y don't U donate - even $1 instead of making comments like that! SORRY 4 U!

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  6. this person looks very healthy and good for someone with such condition. was that before or a present picture. as a cardio-nurse specialist she looks very able. sorry if i offend any one. patient with such severe condition do not look half the way she looks.

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  7. Sorry to here . i cant contribution hundreds but what ever i do contribute will add up .i will find a way to do so . one have to help each other. wish you well

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  8. Sweet Jesus...God be with you my lady
    I hear your plight and so does he. Hopefully those who are in a position to help comes to your aid before it's too late. I wish I could...but a small gesture goes a long way. I pledge to make a small contribution.
    Have faith....God is good all the time
    Amen!

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    • YES!!!! Just think of it - taking a few steps & you are so TIRED! The things we take 4 GRANTED. Can you imagine you have 2 FIGHT 2 breathe? So SAD! If EVERY1 in SWEET St Lucia donates atleast $1 - this lady can get the required amount she NEEDS for the operation......PLEASE HELP HER!

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