– family solicits Govt and public for financial assistanceEleven days after being diagnosed with the rare disease Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS) at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the family of Pooran Ramcharitar is soliciting financial support from Government and members of the public to facilitate treatment which costs GY$2,625,000.According to the 22-year-old man’s father, Surindra Ramcharitar, his son began experiencing pain, numbness and weakness in his lower limbs approximately eight weeks prior to the diagnosis and presently he is “breathing through a machine” since his respiratory system “gave out.”“I’m begging from assistance from the public and the Government to please help my son. He is the second of six children. My eldest is 23 and youngest is 15. I’ve spent all my life savings to get him this far. I can’t afford his treatment and I really need help,” the senior Ramcharitar pleaded.Pooran Ramcharitar breathing with the aid of a ventilatorGuillain-Barre Syndrome is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. Person may experience changes in sensation or develop pain, followed by muscle weakness beginning in the feet and hands. The symptoms develop over half a day to two weeks.During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening with about a quarter developing weakness of the breathing muscles and requiring mechanical ventilation. Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure.Persons desirous of assisting the Ramcharitar family can make contact on telephone numbers 326-1203 or 652-7044.