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Well-wishers donate K7.5 million to baby in need

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Following a story that The Daily Times carried on September 7 2017 about a two-month-old baby who was diagnosed with an associated heart problem called endocardial cushion defect, some people have donated K7.5 million for her treatment in India.

The baby, Cassey Chilumpha, is expected to leave for India with her parents on Sunday.

People and groups that have donated include Lilongwe’s Mata Malawi Telugu Associations, (K2 million), Root Charity, (K4.5 million) and Friends of Faith (K1.5 million).

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“We saw in The Daily Times an article about Cassey. With our group of friends, Malawi Telugu Association, we decided to raise some funds for the baby so that she can travel to India and get medical help. We have also helped initiate their visas and everything is set, they might leave on Sunday,” said Kondaveeti Venkateswara Rao, Chairman of Lilongwe Malawi Telugu Association.

Chairperson of Root Charity, Shahyda Mahomed, said they decided to help the baby for her to live a normal life.

“We had some funds available to help a child in need as our organisation is formed by a group of ladies in Malawi with an aim of improving conditions with lasting changes. So when Cassey’s case came, we thought we should help her,” she said.

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Frolence Mvula, a relative of the late Faith Mwangonde, a girl who died at a time people were raising funds to send her abroad for medical attention, said they also thought it wise to donate to Cassey who needs urgent medical attention.

“As a family, we thought the case has to be treated with urgency, so we agreed to donate K1.5 million that was raised by Friends of Faith,” she said.

The baby’s father, Evans Chilumpha, said he was thankful for the support which he said he did not expect.

Friends of Faith have also pledged to support Tiyamike Chikalamba who has no nose and also needs medical attention in India.

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