Our Children

Mienke Mulder

Mienke Mulder choked on milk at her daycare in Nelspruit on the 25th of August 2017. She was rushed to hospital by the daycare as she was already blue in her face. When she arrived at the hospital Mienke was without a heartbeat. Doctors managed to get a pulse after 15 minutes, but we were told it`s not promising. Continue Reading

Keanu Moore

Keanu Moore is a 2-year-old boy from Brackenfell who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer in October 2017. His bone marrow shows a 65% infiltration of Neuroblastoma cells and doctors immediately started with chemotherapy. Continue Reading

Mihla Engelbrecht

Four year old little Mihla Engelbrecht was once a bubbly, cheeky little girl with long blonde hair. Now her head is bald due to regular chemotherapy sessions after being diagnosed with Cerebral Neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Continue Reading

Nickholis Kleinhans

Autism: A quick visit to the GP for an ear infection turned into an eight year long nightmare when the doctor noticed that his head circumference is very big. Nickholis Kleinhans was seen by 18 different doctors and specialists, underwent 2 CT scans and 1 MRI scan, and blood tests for any possible syndrome or disease; but no one could exactly tell what is wrong with him. Continue Reading

Antoiné Dingle

Antoiné Dingle suffers from a rare condition called Congenital Central Hypoventilation. Without the proper treatment Antoiné will suffer brain damage, heart failure and damage to all her major organs. She needs to sleep on a ventilator for the rest of her life unless she can get a diaphragm pacemaker. Continue Reading

Joshua Naicker

Hydrocephalus affects 1 in every 500 babies, the cause is still unknown, it can happen to anyone… Joshua Naicker was born premature at 33 weeks gestation 20 June 2016, his head circumference of 45cm was more then his length of 43cm to emphasize the amount of access fluid in his brain. He had the first brain operation to insert a VP shunt at 10 days old. The doctors did not expect him to survive. Continue Reading

Lianka Venter

Central Core Disease is a disorder that affects muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles). This condition causes muscle weakness that ranges from almost unnoticeable to very severe. Lianka Venter was born on the 10th of October 2017. The morning when she was born the doctor immediately noticed something was not right as she was very weak and cried softly. She was immediately taken to NICU and put on oxygen. Continue Reading

Miané du Plooy

After struggling for 5 years to fall pregnant, a lot of crying, praying (and hormonal treatment), Miané du Plooy was born on the 7th of January 2016. Everything went well until the 24th week of pregnancy when the Gynaecologist discovered that the left ventrical of her brain was slightly enlarged. Continue Reading

Chereez Nel

Chereez Nel is 3 years old and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Undifferentiated Sarcoma Cancer. Proton Therapy unfortunately is only available in the USA with costs to be estimated between $300 000 and $500 000. This excludes any accommodation, living and travel expenses or more chemo therapy that might be needed when in the USA. Continue Reading

Reece Trumpelmann 

Twelve year old Reece Trumpelmann was diagnosed in 2016 with Gorlin Goltz Syndrome. After receiving a bump on his jaw while playing on a jumping castle, he was taken through to Steve Biko Hospital where he was X Rayed and tested extensively. The doctors discovered he not only has Cancer, but Gorlin Goltz Syndrome, BCCNS – an extremely rare condition which is virtually unknown in South Africa. Continue Reading

Yva Adriaanse

Little Yva Adriaanse was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and immediately started with a full 7 month long chemo program where she and her family spent many days and nights at the hospital. Yva still has a full 2 ​​years of chemotherapy in front of her. Continue reading

Kyra Burger

Kyra Burger was born on 15 August 2017, a healthy little baby. She went to daycare for the first time in January this year and on the following day her tummy started to work constantly. After extensive tests, Kyra was sadly diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4 Cancer on the 15th of January 2018. On 18 July 2018 she had her 8th and last chemotherapy session after eight long weeks. Continue Reading

Claudia du Preez

Claudia du Preez is almost 2 years old and currently not able to sit, crawl or walk. She is not able to eat any solid food and receives all her food through a feeding tube. The cerebellum part of her brain got hurt, which is causing all these delays. According to the Neurologist, there can be two causes for this – a metabolic disorder, or it could have been caused by an infection during pregnancy. In both cases, there is no medical treatment for her. Continue Reading

Janique Venter

Janique Venter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer at the very young age of 6 months. She is now 9 months old and currently receiving 3 days Chemotherapy, every 3 weeks. She is currently being treated at the Universitas hospital in Bloemfontein. Continue Reading

Zoë Strydom

Zoë Strydom was born on the 13th of July 2017. Seven weeks later she was diagnosed with “billiary atresia” and had the Kasai procedure at 8 weeks. Since then little Zoë has suffered liver failure, had a liver transplant, and in June this year they discovered that she has Monomorphic PTLDContinue Reading

Isabella Pippie Kruger

In 2011 the Kruger family planned a new years eve celebration with friends and family like most of their fellow South Africans. Their lives changed forever in an instant as a container of fire lightning liquid exploded, and little Pippie got burned beyond recognitionContinue Reading

Seth Meyer

Seth Meyer is 2 years old and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. He can not sit, crawl, roll over, stand or walk, or even hold his own bottle. He also doesn`t sleep at night, and screams and cries all the time. Seth needs to have a MRI as soon as possible. Continue Reading

Peet Pretorius

Peet Pretorius was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) on the 6th of April 2017, after almost a year of walking with unbelievable pain in his legs. Peet immediately started chemotherapy, and received a bone marrow transplant 5 months later after being diagnosed with the Philadelphia Chromosome. In between it all, Peet got GVHD so bad that it became life-threatening. Continue Reading

Katelyn Brand

Katelyn Brand was diagnosed in 2017 with Grade 4 Embryonal Central Nervous System Neuroblastoma, a very rare form of brain cancer. She is currently being treated at the Unitas Pediatric Oncology unit, and is on very strong chemo. Doctors feel the best radiation for her would be Proton Therapy, but this is not currently available in South Africa. Continue Reading

Mea Lily Meyer

Mea Lily Meyer was 4 years old when she contracted Meningitis. During her 6 month stay in hospital she had numerous strokes as well as heart failure, and had to receive a pacemaker. She is currently 8 years old and has a trachea, and is permanently on a ventilator. Mea`s family made contact with a company in America that can supply a diaphragm pacemaker for her, but this will cost R500 000. Continue Reading

Lukas Etsebeth 

Three year old Lukas Etsebeth was born with an underdeveloped airway and struggled with breathing since a very young age. An MRI scan in Feb 2017 showed an “air bubble” on his spine, as well as an open space around his brain. The reason for this finding is unknown, and Specialists can`t find the correct answer to make any diagnosis. Continue Reading

Marlo Nagel

Marlo Nagel was born on the 4th of January 2016, his parents` perfect little prince from God. After his 1st birthday, Mom and Dad decided to take him to a Paediatric Neurologist as he did not reach the milestones he had to by this time. During a long consultation she broke the news that Marlo has Cerebral Palsy…  their son would never be able to sit, crawl, walk or speak. Continue Reading

Christopher Meyer

Ten year old Christopher Meyer is on the Autism Spectrum and is finding himself in an awakening to the world, as though emerging from a familiar cocoon of comfort. He is non-verbal, although he is quite functional in a home environment. He longs to spread his wings and see what the great big world out there has to offer him. Continue Reading

Aleah Lombard - Heart Defect - Arms of Mercy NPC

From a high-risk pregnancy to being born a blessing against all odds, Aleah Lombard survived, but was diagnosed with heart problems at only 3 days old. The first operation was to fix the Aorta, but during that operation an excess amount of blood rushed into the lungs and they got damaged. Continue Reading

Tiana van Blerk

High Risk Stage 4 Neuroblastoma: Tiana van Blerk het baie sleg begin slaap, geen eetlus gehad nie en was huilerig en moeilik. Haar ouers het gedink sy is besig om haar “tweejaars kiestande en oogtande te sny”, maar haar linker ogie het vreemd begin lyk. Sy is gediagnoseer as moontlik skeel tot `n ooginfeksie deur twee Oog Spesialiste, 8 dae uit mekaar uit. Lees verder

Nikita and Trinity Naicker

Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Subglottic Stenosis and Laryngomalacia: On the 26th of April 2013, Trinity and Nikita Naicker were born via emergency C-Section at 28 weeks due to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Nikita & Trinity had a combined weight of 1,9kg and had very lengthy stays in the NICU as well as PICU. Continue Reading

Janco Claassen Fundraising - Arms of Mercy NPC

Janco Claassen (5 weeks old), is currently in Paeds ICU Montana Hospital, after a terrible car accident on Sunday, 3 March 2019. The family of four were on their way home after visiting in-laws in Makopane. Janco is fighting for his life with a severe head injury and is still in ICU. Continue Reading

rhyn scheepers - glioma - arms of mercy npc

After 2 years of no diagnoses, two year old Rhyn Scheepers was finally diagnosed by St Judes Children Hospital overseas with Diffuse Low Grade Glioma. In short, this means that he has a tumor that is growing very slowly. There is unfortunately no cure. This little guy has gone through so many scans and also a big brain operation, but he handled all of this like a champ. Continue reading

karlien roets - arms of mercy npc

Karlien Roets – Brain Injury: On the 10th of August 2018, Karlien`s father was busy moving their kitchen to a better location at home as he was working late most of the evenings, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for mom to keep an eye on both children. Karlien was 2 at the time, and their baby, only 7 months old. Continue Reading

Just Be Bracelets for Mianè Ainslie - Cerebral Palsy - Arms of Mercy NPC

On Monday, 9 November 2015, Mianè Ainslie (only 19 months at the time), fell into a porta-pool at her family home in Witbank. She was dead for about 45 minutes before they got her heart beating again, according to the doctors who were there. Mianè has Cerebral Palsy, and is doing all the therapy possible to help her gain back a normal life. Continue Reading

Cathrin Botha - Fundraising - Arms of Mercy NPC

On 24 January 2019, Cathrin Botha (13 months old at the time), was admitted to Wilmed Park in Klerksdorp. Doctors suspected glandular fever as she had swollen glands behind her ears, high fever, swollen liver and spleen. Dr Strauss took blood samples for tests, and Cathrin was diagnosed with Leukemia (AML) on the 25th. She was immediately referred to Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein. Continue Reading

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