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Urgent Appeal By IM Melia Salome

  • SonofPearl
  • on 05/03/13 10:39.

Melia_Salome cropped.jpgOne of the competitors at the Women's World Team Championships in Kazakhstan is Melia Salome (pictured), representing second seeds Georgia.

Melia played her first game of the tournament in the second round, where she defeated Natacha Benmesbah to help the Georgian team to a 3½-½ victory over France.

In an interview conducted after the game and published at the official championship website, Melia explained that she is playing under special circumstances - see the except below.

You’ve mentioned some special circumstances in your life which makes this tournament very special for you. Can you please share with us what happened?

I don’t want people to exaggerate and make a tragedy but the situation is quite difficult for me. I have a daughter (4 months old) who has got health problem – heart disease. I’m not playing only for the team here, I also play for money because I want her alive. The operation cost big money.

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Salome, can you tell us how expensive is the operation and where the surgery must take place?

The operation is very complex and, unfortunately, it’s impossible do make it in Georgia. We need to go to Germany, where the operation costs 60,000 euros. We received a response from the USA, but there it costs about a million. Operation should be done before the end of March, but it is difficult to find such amount of money. I really hope that the operation will help, as no one guarantees the result, because it is very difficult to do heart surgery on a child.

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Journalists appeal to the chess community, philanthropists and ask to help Salome Melia in her difficult situation.

You can send money to these account:
Beneficiary: Salome Melia
Number of account: GE57PC0193600100007067
Bank code (SWIFT): MIBGGE22
Name of bank: ProCredit Bank, Tbilisi, Georgia
address of bank: 21 Al. Kazbegi Ave., 0160 Tbilisi, Georgia.

EDIT: There is now a PayPal account setup for donations.  Use the email:

hkiss@web.de

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  • 16 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    Another update via Chessbase: http://goo.gl/8GnNT

    Salome is travelling to Germany on 2nd April with her daughter Ketevan, where the operation will be conducted soon.

  • 16 mesi fa

    restinpeace

    sad story!

  • 16 mesi fa

    SameOldFears

    Great news

  • 16 mesi fa

    PUNTHAMURRA

    Best wishes to Melia and her beautiful baby.

  • 16 mesi fa

    aanswintastic

    very good news! thank you sonofpearl :)

  • 16 mesi fa

    APawnCanDream

    Hurray! Hope the operation goes well. :)

  • 16 mesi fa

    Czechman

    Let's all hope for a successful operation.

  • 16 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    Update: Melia is quoted by the Russian chess wesbite Chess-news.ru to say:

    I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your helpfulness and kindness, solidarity and readiness to help. Thanks to you I've managed to gather the required funds to conduct the surgery to my daughter. Many helped anonymously, so without mentioning each and everyone - THANK YOU! And special thanks to the main sponsor.

    I also thank the members of the women's world Team Championship, coaches, captains, journalists, organizers, my team and whole Georgia.
    Thanks to the ACP and national chess federations, journalists and websites, which have published my call for help.

    The surgery is scheduled for April.

  • 17 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    @ Quad6GHz nothing I have heard about, but if I hear anything then I'll write an update.

  • 17 mesi fa

    SameOldFears

    Any updates?

  • 17 mesi fa

    jaycal

    Hello again Salome,

    I think you should also check out Devi Shetty Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore, India. I know of a child who was successfully operated there. Whatever your daughter needs can probably be done at a fraction of the German cost. The Wikipedia link to the hospital is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narayana_Hrudayalaya

    If you want more information then post your email and I will get back to you.

    Best Wishes,

    J

  • 17 mesi fa

    TongLen

    @HristoProtos 

    There is now a PayPal account setup for donations.  Use the email:

    hkiss@web.de

  • 17 mesi fa

    Rasparovov

    @sunandthreestars 
    Alright buddy. 

  • 17 mesi fa

    sunandthreestars

    Rasparovov dont worry, if it is your turn to need, random people will be willing to extend their hand, don't hesitate to ask.

  • 17 mesi fa

    HristoProtos

    I donated too and this is a case where I do not think twice!

    I hope all will be fine for the baby.

    Just that I paid like 8 time more for bank fees for the transfer as it is outside EU - but I will investigate this with my bank. I think paypal or other method could be probably even better ...

    All the best again!

  • 17 mesi fa

    Rasparovov

    I only typed I wouldn't donate because he told me to, read please.
    Actually I don't do it for no reason as you might know if you read.

  • 17 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    @ kingseye -  if I hear any more news, I'll write a follow-up article.

  • 17 mesi fa

    APawnCanDream

    Ignore Rasparovov, ComputoJon, he just likes to quibble with others for no reason.

    SonofPearl, will you let us know if the operation happens and how it went?

  • 17 mesi fa

    NM ComputoJon

    Rasparovov... why did you comment then?  "I won't donate."  Fine, but to paraphrase your own remarks, if everyone who didn't donate posted here, this thread would have tens of thousands of useless comments.

  • 17 mesi fa

    Rasparovov

    Czechman, I'm sorry I'm breaking the horrible truth for all religious people out there.
    And I'm a student, I can't afford donating to every random kid. If anything I would donate for a research program to find a cure for diseases not for a single operation just cus of a "cry with me"-story. 

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