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Help pouring in for baby Xyhir

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Three-year-old Xyhir Ince kneels in his favourite fetal position in which he prefers to sleep and sit because it causes him less pain. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Devon Ince was moved to tears with the overwhelming support and offers of help that have been coming in for his son, Xyhir.

The three-year-old was diagnosed with the rare condition trilateral retinoblastoma. He is not only completely blind, with both eyeballs having been surgically removed, but he now has a brain tumour, which is threatening his life.

One tumour is growing at a rapid rate out of his left eye socket on to the face, while another is growing in the base of his brain, wrapping around two main arteries.

Xyhir is in need of urgent radiotherapy, but the family has expended all their resources taking his treatment this far and are in need of immediate assistance to try to save his life.

Within a day of the publication of baby Xyhir's 'Angelic faith' in The Sunday Gleaner, there was an outpouring of responses from all over the world, with persons and organisations flooding the social media, The Gleaner and the family with support.

pledged support

The LIME Foundation, employees of the Bank of Nova Scotia Call Centre, Mico University College, Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund, the Hydel Group of Schools, and several individuals and organisations, local and overseas, are among those who have already pledged support.

"I am truly overwhelmed by the responses from everyone," said Ince.

"It has made me realise the true humanitarian nature of people, and I know all hope is not lost."

Ince said based on pledges, the family is hopeful they will receive the 50 per cent deposit of the approximate $1.5 million needed to begin Xyhir's treatment next week.

"I really hope and pray that the Lord will leave him as a living, breathing testimony," noted the father.

Persons wishing to make contributions to the Xyhir Ince Medical Fund may do so at the Bank of Nova Scotia, Spanish Town; account number 831204.