Fundraiser calls for people to rally around an Eastern European boy in need of help
A CARMARTHENSHIRE fundraiser is calling on people to help her aid an Eastern European teenager who is lucky to be alive.
Val Newton needs to raise thousands of pounds to support a Kosovan teenager called Egsom who lost his leg to bone cancer and has been on crutches for the past three years.
Mrs Newton, of Cross Hands, revealed his family home was destroyed in the 1999 war and when he was searching for scrap metal in 2009 to help with the family finances he accidently picked up a part of a bomb.
He was then 15 and he was unaware that what he collected was radioactive.
Mrs Newton said: "A few months later he had contracted bone cancer in his left leg.
"After many visits to hospital he was told they must take his leg off.
"He resisted for one year but was again told he would die if the leg wasn't amputated."
She added: "Three years ago his father paid 200 Euros for the operation and then he had to pay 350 Euros each for 38 sessions of chemotherapy.
"The family sold their land, cows, car and many possessions."
Mrs Newton said she needs £9,000 to help cover the cost of a prosthetic leg and to help him back on the road to recovery.
"Altogether we are going to need about £9,000 to help this young man to be able to walk again and to have a normal life," she said.
To donate, get in touch with Val on 01269 843345 or send donations to her at Tycroes, Maesybont, Cross Hands, SA14 7HD. People can also go to www.walesromanianaid.co.uk to lend their support.