Contact Us
Cliffside Park-Edgewater Daily Voice serves Bogota, Cliffside Park & Edgewater

Menu

Cliffside Park-Edgewater Daily Voice serves Bogota, Cliffside Park & Edgewater

Nearby Towns

neighbors

Cliffside Park Woman Raises Funds For Infant Cousin In Lebanon

Peter Chamoun, the infant cousin of a Cliffside Park woman, is receiving life-saving care in Lebanon.
Peter Chamoun, the infant cousin of a Cliffside Park woman, is receiving life-saving care in Lebanon. Photo Credit: Rita Altounjian

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — A Cliffside Park woman is raising money for her infant cousin in her native county, Lebanon, in hopes that he will survive surgeries for a heart defect.

More than $2,600 had been raised as of Sunday afternoon on a GoFundMe page established by Rita Altounjian to help 4-week-old Peter Chamoun.

The baby was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a life threatening heart condition.

His mother, Diana Chamous, felt pain shortly before her son's Dec. 23  birth — which led to the diagnosis.

“Usually this defect - they usually don’t find out until the baby is born, and babies usually end up dying,” said the 20-year-old Montclair State University student.

The baby — who is sedated — already underwent his first surgery to increase blood flow and is scheduled for another next months, Altounjian said.

“My uncle Elias tries to stay positive - I know it is hard for people to give at this time, but I have to do what I have to do to help," said Altounjian, citing the conflict in Lebanon.

"I sent (the website link) to family across the country — to anyone who can help out and donate.”

CLICK HERE for more.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Cliffside Park-Edgewater Daily Voice!

Serves Bogota, Cliffside Park & Edgewater

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.