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Please join Anegi in his fight with cancer. Donations will be used to pay for chemotherapy and for his parents' living expenses.

Update: February 8
Anegi died on January 30th in the Kue Tuwy community surrounded by his family, days after his return from Brazil. Although we are greatly saddened by the loss, it was with your help that allowed Anegi to return home and die without pain. This website will be collecting donations for the upcoming week, after which it will be closed. All funds will be used to pay for the remaining costs of ambulance ride from Campinas to the Kue Tuwy community and for medical costs incurred during his stay in Brazil.
Anegi’s case underscores the importance of preventative medicine and early treatment in indigenous health care, things that are sorely lacking in the health care available to rural indigenous peoples in Paraguay. To address this absence, anthropologists Magdalena Hurtado and Kim Hill of Arizona State University have created The Native People and Tropical Conservation Fund, an organization devoted to health and development projects in the Ache and Guarani communities in Paraguay. (See the Fund’s website at: http://www.public.asu.edu/~amhurtad/NativePeople.html) Please consider helping them in the future. Thank you again for your support.


Update: January 26
Since arriving at the University Hospital in Campinas almost a month ago, Anegi has gone through a number of tests and examinations by the excellent medical staff there. However, after undergoing a final round of tests last week, the doctors agreed that he would not survive the available options for treatment. He has decided to return to the community to spend the coming weeks with family and loved ones.
In keeping with Anegi’s wishes, the money donated from this website and the checks that I have received will be wired to Brazil to pay for the ambulance ride from Campinas to the Kue Tuwy community, for medical costs incurred so far, and for pain medications in the weeks ahead. For those of you that donated, thank you so much. Your generosity has and will continue to give Anegi the palliative care he needs. We hope you keep Anegi and his family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

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As some of you may know, we have been doing anthropological research for several years with a group of South American Indians called the Aché who live in eastern Paraguay. In November, a nineteen-year-old Aché named Anegi who lives in one the communities where we do fieldwork was diagnosed with liver cancer caused by a hepatitis B infection. His father, Krachogi, and mother, Tykuarangi, brought him to the Itaguá National Hospital outside of Asunción after Anegi complained of severe stomach pain. After CT scans and an emergency operation, doctors found a large malignant tumor on the right lobe of his liver.
The tumor’s size and the underlying liver disease preclude the two usual strategies for a cure—that is, tumor removal or liver transplant. Instead the tumor must be shrunk before a transplant is possible. This would likely involve a chemoembolization procedure to access either the right portal vein or the right hepatic artery to deliver chemotherapy directly to the tumor. After several repeat treatments, this would hopefully cause the tumor to shrink the point that Anegi could be considered for transplantation.
This procedure is beyond the capacity of Paraguayan hospitals, however, and with the help of several friends, we have arranged for to him to be transferred to the University Hospital in Campinas, Brazil, where he arrived on Christmas day. His mother and father accompanied him on the trip, while his wife and four-month-old daughter, Janagi, remained on the reservation. The move to Brazil is a very positive step, but it comes with a new set of problems: General treatment in Brazilian hospitals is free, but patients must pay for chemotherapy. We have paid the airfare to Brazil and living expenses for Anegi and his parents so far, but we do need more money for the treatment and the family’s living expenses during the next six months. Anegi’s family has no financial resources for treatment, and they are overwhelmed by all the measures needed to cure him. They have asked us to raise money for their son’s treatment and to for the family’s living expenses during the next six months by telling his story.
Anegi has remained strong during the two months of his fight and has adjusted to life in an unfamiliar place with poise and courage. Please join Anegi to fight this terrible disease in the months ahead.

For those who wish to send personal checks directly, the address is:

Warren Thompson
3029 Las Palmas St.
Houston, TX 77027

Checks will be wired directly to Brazil with any wiring fees paid by us. If you have other friends that might be interested in helping, please forward the url along. Thank you so much.

Warren Thompson
University of New Mexico

Jan David Hauck
University of California Los Angeles

Eva Maria Roessler
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
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