A 28-year-old mother from Cape Town is calling on the public to help her raise R550 000 to cover the cost of a much-needed operation on her two-year-old daughter. Aishia Bassardien, explained that her youngest child, Minou, was born with Vater syndrome and needs urgent spinal surgery before the end of next month.
“If the money is not gathered sooner, no surgery will occur next month. The surgery was supposed to take place earlier this year, but because we didn’t have the money, the doctor gave us until the end of September to raise funds.
“The surgery will prevent Minou’s spine from curving further and assisting it to straighten her curved spine, currently on 74 degrees and reducing it to around 25 degrees. This will also assist Minou to sustain a normal life and ensuring no harm to any of her organs.
“However, we only managed to raise R40 000 this far. About R510 000 is still needed. This surgery will allow my daughter to live a normal life without having to endure any medical problems. The doctor said if we wait any longer to do the surgery, Minou’s conditions will get worse,” she explained.
Bassardien said the costs for the operation are broken down to cover Minou’s stay at the hospital, equipment needed for the surgery and post-care treatment among others.
Minou has already done several operations since birth, with her first (operation) being at only two-days-old. Another surgery will be needed at the age of 12, her mother explained.
“I first discovered that something was wrong with my baby, literally an hour after she was born. The doctors said that something was not right and that they needed to examine her. After doing so, they immediately sent her for surgery.
“We have been in and out of the hospital with little Minou. I also gave up my professional job to look after her, giving her my attention 24/7. My biggest challenge is managing Minou’s pain and understanding how to comfort her during this time.
“My only hope for Minou is for her to have this surgery as soon as possible, in order for the pain to be erased for her little body. She is a very friendly and bubbly child and I hope she lives her dreams one day.”
Basserdien is currently raising funds through different platforms. A crowdfunding campaign and a gala dinner are among the forms of collecting money for the operation.
She said the Things on Wheels non-profit organisation in Cape Town has reached out to her family to try and assist with raising funds. Bahiesha Solomons, a representative of the organisation said a lavish gala dinner is currently in place to raise funds for Minou and will kick off on Friday 16 August at The Venue in Lansdowne.
“We are hoping that the gala dinner will bring in R35 000. However, this will only occur if all our tickets are sold for the event.
“This will be our second event in aid of Minou. The first event was a great success and we are hoping this one wil be too.
“Our gala dinner will feature a variety of well-known local artist and consist of a five-course meal. We are calling on the public to purchase tickets in aid of this little girl or to donate directly via the crowd-funding platform.
“Minou needs your help. Every bit helps get us closer to the target. We can not do it without your support,” Solomons added.
For more information on the gala dinner, call Bahiesha Solomons on 0659862508. You can also call Aishia Bassardien directly on 0614824063, or click on the following link to donate- Click . (Deen Times)