Tests from a preliminary surgery have confirmed the worst for five-year-old Philz Viville, who was originally diagnosed with an enlarged and growing brain tumor.
Results from the tests have shown that the tumor is cancerous and further surgery is needed, this time in France.
The bad news was relayed to teachers of the Salybia Government School, where Philz is a student, on Friday by his mother Maureen Viville, who is now in Martinique with her son.
A teacher at the school told DNO that Viville is preparing to head for France with her son for the surgery.
The teachers said although she is unaware of the cost of the surgery, financial assistance is going to be needed.
The school is planning an “Emergency Response Concert” this weekend in order to raise funds.
The concert, to be held on Sunday 25th January 2015, at the school, will feature religious, cultural and calypso performances in an effort to raise as much funds as possible.
Young Philz has been described as a “jovial, smart, out-spoken and well-mannered child.”
DNO was told that he has been comforting his mother, amid her prayers and tears, telling her that “it will be alright.”
Philz was diagnosed with the tumor last year and is presently in Martinique where he is undergoing chemotherapy.
Those who are interested in contributing to Philz’s medical treatment can do so at the Royal Bank of Canada, account number 7103369 and account name Pastor Henderson Bully, or at GoFundMe, account “Hope for Phil” by Gillen Williams, or contact the Salybia Primary School at: 266-4259.