Help Save Fitira’s eye

I am writing to ask your help to provide sufficient funds to enable me to bring Fitiria Maduwu who lives in a small town on the Island of Nias, Indonesia to Australia for surgery to remove a disfiguring tumour growing behind her eye.

Fitiria Maduwu prior to surgery

While travelling to the island on holidays, I was fortunate to meet this lovely lady through word of mouth from some of the local residents who were keen to introduce me to her when they found out I was an eye surgeon from Australia. They were hopeful that I would be able to do something for Fitiria.

Fitiria is a 41 year old mother of 5 young children, and has been living with this condition for over 5 years. The family live in a 5x5m home with a total income of $70 AUD a month to survive.

Without surgery Fitiria will certainly lose all vision in her left eye. She is in constant pain and suffers acute embarrassment about her appearance, as well as feeling like she is a constant burden on her family.

The island of Nias is poorly served by medical attention. The majority of patients can barely afford food for their daily living so specialist medical treatment is simply out of the question.

While I will be performing the surgery at no charge, I am hoping to raise funds for the return airfares for Fitiria and a carer needed to bring her from Nias to Australia and all other medical and surgical attention that will be required in the removal of the tumour from her left eye.

I am hopeful that some of Fitiria’s vision will remain after the tumour is removed, however this may not be possible if the optic nerve has been affected. I would sincerely like to see Fitiria out of pain and looking like any other 41 year should look. I would like to see her looking forward to her future.

I would be very grateful for any funds you care to donate. If this is not possible please consider passing this onto anyone you may think could help.

I am hopeful that if this project is successful it will open up other avenues for international patients to access medical attention that they desperately need and is unavailable to them locally.