Having a child diagnosed with the flu is bad news for any parent but for Maureen and Timothy Viville, of the Kalinago Territory, knowing that their five-year-old son is suffering from an enlarged and growing brain tumor has been a nightmare.
That nightmare began on December 17, 2014 when Philz Viville’s parents noticed that he began vomiting consistently and was feverish. He was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for a doctor’s visit and was given treatment for fever and vomiting and sent home.
Ten days later the family was back at the hospital because the vomiting would not stop. The young child was admitted because he was slightly dehydrated. He was released on the December 30, 2014 and diagnosed with gastroenteritis.
“We were given treatment and advised to return if the vomiting continued,” Maureen Viville, Philz’s mother, told Dominica News Online.
But the child’s conditions worsened when Philz complained of vision problems.
“On the afternoon of the 8th of January, he said that he wasn’t seeing clearly,” Viville stated. “He was asked to point out certain objects and he didn’t know where they were located because he couldn’t see.”
Concerned, the parents rushed back to the hospital and according to Viville, the child became “unresponsive” along the way.
A head scan was done at the hospital and it was then the parents received the devastating news that Philz had a brain tumor.
They were told that emergency surgery was required and this could only be done in Martinique.
The parents were able to procure some assistance with the help of Dr. Rhonda Mc Intyre, of the Children’s Heart Fund, and the Government of Dominica and Philz was sent to Martinique.
The Children’s Heart Fund donated in excess of EC$32,000 for the surgery, however it cost in the region of €15,000- €20,000.
Viville said Philz has so far done a preliminary surgery in which fluid and brain tissue were removed to test for cancer and find ways to proceed in removing the actual tumor.
She noted that removal of the tumor is entirely dependent on the results.
The family is soliciting the public’s assistance financially and through prayers.
Those who are interested in contributing can do so at the Royal Bank of Canada account number 7103369 or at GoFundMe, account “Hope for Phil” by Gillen Williams.
For updates on Philz’s condition visit the Facebook page ‘Pray for Philz.’