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Eye cancer patient hails Jeety’s support 

Ms. Annie (Not her real name) and her mother are celebrating her (Annie’s) successful treatment for eye cancer at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center through the combined efforts of the hospital, Indian philanthropist Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, and the Liberia Eye Center- L V Prasad Eye Institute.

At the end of her treatment, Annie’s mother said, ‘I don’t care if the doctors removed her eye, but am happy that now she does not have eye pain and her life is saved.’ 

According to Annie’s testimonial shared on JFK Medical Center’s Facebook page following her treatment at the Liberia Eye Center/ JFK Medical Center, the patient’s mother noticed that her left eye looked different from the age of six months. 

The mother is said to have asked several people in her community and all replied that ‘some children are born like that, and they become alright with time.’ 

As time passed, the eye started looking worse and the mother got alert. 

Through a friend, she got to know about the eye clinic at the JFK hospital and she decided to go there. 

After a thorough examination, the doctors told her that Annie had eye cancer in her left eye, and she needed a CT scan of the brain to check if it had spread to the brain. 

The children’s doctors at JFK administered six cycles of chemotherapy which helped the tumor to shrink. 

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Then the eye surgeon removed Annie’s eye. After two months, they fitted an artificial eye to match the other eye. The chemotherapy continued for another six months and thus 12 cycles of chemotherapy were completed. 

Being advanced cancer in a child from a poor family, an entire treatment was done at no charge to the family through combined efforts of the Liberia Eye Center- L V Prasad Eye Institute, JFK Medical Center, and the famous philanthropist, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva. 

Mr. Sachdeva (popularly known as Mr. Jeety) generously supports the chemotherapy of children with eye cancer at the Liberia Eye Center. 

Even though Annie’s eye is removed, her mother said ‘the artificial eye is serving [a] good purpose to match with the other eye.. so overall I am so happy for my daughter!’ 

Such complex treatments, according to the hospital, are now possible at the eye clinic of JFK Medical Center and patients don’t need to travel to other countries for treatment.

Mr. Jeety is famous for his continued humanitarian activities which continue to impact inmates, less-fortunate folks, and kids, including a routine distribution of hot home-cooked meals.

As part of his feeding program, Mr. Jeety led his team from the Jeety Trading Corporation on Sunday, 29 January 2023 to feed the prison population at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP).

During the feeding exercise Sunday, Mr. Jeety called on fellow business people across Liberia to start feeding at least ten people a day to help reduce hunger.

“I can guarantee you, nobody will sleep hungry in this country,” he said.

“So everybody will have to take initiative for themselves and … the society. Don’t give to get, give to inspire others,” Jeety said.

Col. Austin Joel Juah, Deputy Prison Superintendent at MCP, thanked Mr. Jeety and his team for always providing support for the inmates and the prison services.

“There are … so many projects that you have undertaken in this facility. And with that, like you already said, God the Almighty will replenish whatever you have done for this facility,” said Col. Juah.

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