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

Maléke Pieters - Arms of Mercy NPC

Maléke Pieters – Congenital Melanocytic Nevus: Marochelle Foxcroft found out she was pregnant in February 2018 with Maléke; she never had any complications and it was a perfect pregnancy. Maléke was born on the 26-09-2018, weighing 2.6kg – emergency C-Section. In the delivery room they noticed that Maléke had a big birth mark on her back, but mom did not think much of it because she was exhausted and so excited to be holding her. Continue Reading

True Miracle Bracelets for Mia Booyens - Multiple Genetic Disorders

Mia Booyens is a 3 year old girl that has been through so much already in her short life. In 2016 she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Edward Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Coloboma of the iris. Mia also had open-heart surgery at Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion in 2017. Continue Reading

Jade-Mari Ward - Arms of Mercy NPC

Jade-Mari Ward is 2 and a half years old with a bone growth of 1 and a half years. Her bone marrow defect does not allow her to grow like normal children her age. She is currently receiving blood transfusions every 3 months and may need a bone marrow transplant in the future. Continue Reading

Conor van Baalen - Arms of Mercy NPC

Conor van Baalen is 5 years old. He started getting sick when he was 22 months old, and at 24 months a kidney biopsy was done which showed that he had Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis (FSGS). FSGS is a rare kidney disease, which is not easy to treat, and each patient reacts differently to the treatments. Continue Reading

Joshua Goosen

Joshua Goosen was born with Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome; diagnosed 2 weeks after birth. He is now nearly 11 years old and has been PEG fed from birth, and still wears diapers. Josh has Microchephaly, therefore there is a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds. He only started walking at age 7 and can not walk long distances, tires very quickly, and might need foot surgery in the future. Continue Reading

Alexis Hope Rhoode was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma Cancer just before she turned 4 years old. In January 2017, her mother, Erica Rhoode, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, underwent a Lumpectomy in March 2017, and both of them battled their Cancer together. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Noah Smit - Mixed Cerebral Palsy - Arms of Mercy NPC

Noah Smit from Swellendam in the Western Cape was diagnosed with mixed cerebral palsy– dystonic & spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. At the young age of 1 and a half years, the Neurologist said he would probably need an electronic device to communicate, and that he won`t be able to walk or talk. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Antoni van Reenen - Cerebral Palsy - Arms of Mercy NPC

Antoni van Reenen is a friendly little boy from Brackenfell in Cape Town. He suffered brain damage at birth due to negligence, and also has Cerebral Palsy and a trachi. Mom, Marili, cares for him 24/7 as he needs to be suctioned and has seizures. His dad is self employed, and not sure of his income every month. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Sebastian Stoman - Congenital Heart Defects - Arms of Mercy NPC

Sebastian Stoman was born on the 21st of March 2019, 8 weeks early. He was airlifted from Bethlehem Medi Clinic to Bloemfontein Medi Clinic at 9 days old where he was diagnosed with 2 Congenital Heart Defects. The next day he had an emergency Angiogram, and got a stent in his aorta to open the constriction and to stretch his aortic valve. He spent 40 days in the ICU. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Logan van Aswegen - Cerebral Palsy - Arms of Mercy NPC

Logan van Aswegen has brain damage and was diagnosed with infantile seizures, frontal temporal brain atrophy and cerebral palsy. Logan`s mother resigned from her job at the end of December 2018 and is not part of his life`s journey. He is in foster care with his grandmother as he needs 24 hour care and supervision. Continue Reading

Malignant Aggressive Stage IV Pineoblastoma Brain Cancer: Joshua Nel was born by emergency C-section in 2004, at 28 weeks gestation, weighing a healthy 1200g . During his 6 week hospitilization, he had one blood transfusion, three hernia operations and suffered jaundice, to name a few of the exhausting hurdles. Continue Reading


Stage 2 Neuroblastoma Cancer: Skylar Meyer`s journey started on the 27th of June when her parents took her in to Margate Hospital to get her belly button checked out due to it changing colour. After about 5 hours of scans and blood tests they discovered a mass in her abdomen. Continue Reading

Kasandra van Alphen

Kasandra van Alphen is an 8-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with Primary-Immuno-Deficiency and Selective IgA Deficiency. She also has a leaking heart valve, and Chronic Lung Disease (Bronchiectasis). She has loads of energy and an amazing zest for life, but no immune system to help her battle germs and bugs. Continue Reading

Mikayla Brown was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when she was 9 months old. She is unable to talk, sit, crawl or walk; unable to do anything for herself. When she was diagnosed, mom had to leave her job in order to take care of her. Mikayla has four other siblings and her dad is the only breadwinner in the house. Continue Reading

Divan Conway

Divan Conway is a 6 year old boy who was diagnosed with Lissencephaly (smooth brain), Cerebral Palsy, and Epilepsy (West Syndrome). He currently weighs 29kg, he can not walk or talk at all, and his mum has to carry him everywhere. Divan also still wears diapers and will continue to do so for a very long time. Due to his special needs, mom had to leave her job to take care of him. Continue Reading

Morgan Labuschagne

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL): Morgan Labuschagne was only 18 months old when she had a wound on her bum that looked like a spider bite, which caused a very high fever that just wouldn’t break. She was rushed to Kiaat Private Hospital in Nelspruit where she was treated for severe septicaemia, and was placed in high-care for 3 days. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Hein Muller - Cerebral Palsy - Arms of Mercy NPC

Hein Muller is a 10 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. He is very delayed in all his developmental milestones and needs 24 hour care and supervision. He was able to walk a few years ago, but sustained a serious injury on his knee after a bad fall accident, and for that reason can no longer walk. However, Hein has taught himself to walk on his knees and that is how he moves around all day, which is only making the injury worse. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Angelique Du Rand

Angelique Du Rand was diagnosed with severe congenital scoliosis and thoracic insufficiency due to VACTERL association after birth. This is a rare disorder, and in 2006, quite unknown. VACTERL stands for vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheo-esophageal fistula, renal anomalies, and limb abnormalities. A child has to have at least 3 of these birth defects to be considered as such. Angelique had all and more; some more serious than the other. Continue Reading

Logan Clarke

Williams Syndrome Logan Clarke was only 14 months old when he was diagnosed with Pierre Robin Syndrome – a syndrome that usually affects the face and formation of bones, mouth and throat. He sometimes struggles to calm down and all that can calm him is certain people and music, he lives for music. Continue Reading

Arizona Hoy

Arizona Hoy is only 4 years old and has recently been diagnosed with High-Risk Stage IV Neuroblastoma Cancer. She has a tumor located on her left adrenal gland which has spread (metastasized) from its primary location to multiple lymph nodes, the bone marrow and bones. This type of cancer only affects around 100 children under five per year in South Africa. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Jandré Van Coller - Arms of Mercy NPC

Jandré Van Coller is a three year old boy from Boksburg who has been sick for a very long time, but doctors struggled to diagnose him. On the 29th of May 2019, Jandré has been diagnosed with a rare sub-type of Leukemia, called Early Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Continue Reading

One Love Bracelets - Ashley Janse Van Vuuren - Fundraising Arms of Mercy NPC

Mowat-Wilson Syndrome: Ashley Janse van Vuuren (born 6 October 2015), was diagnosed with Hirschsprungs Disease when she was only six weeks old. Ashley has gone through a lot in her short life already. She had a colostomy, and after that, a 3 hour surgery for an Anal-Rectal Pull-Through. She was already booked for an MRI scan … Continue Reading

Fundraising for Marno Van As - Arms of Mercy NPC

Marno van As was born at 34 weeks on the 28th of March 2018. Once noticed that there was something wrong, he was taken to a Neurologist who performed a test on both, Marno, and his mother, confirming that they both have Myotonic Dystrophy. This s a very serious disease and there is currently no cure.. Continue Reading

Fundraising for Janu Swart - Arms of Mercy NPC

Janu Swart, from Klerksdorp, was born premature at 29 weeks. He had a birth weight of 1.29kg and thrived, but by the time he was 10 months old he could not sit on his own yet and seemed floppy. Janu was only diagnosed at the age of 3 with Cerebral Palsy, due to Periventricular Leukomalacia… Continue Reading

Arms of Mercy NPC Fundraising for Chante-Amorè Koekemoer

Pierre Robin Syndrome, Heart Defect, Cleft Palate: On 21 May 2019, Simoné Koekemoer, gave a caesarean birth to Chante-Amoré Koekemoer in Netcare Ferncrest Hospital, Rustenburg; but there was a problem with the newborn baby girl. Upon examination they found that she was born with a cleft palate, and that she also struggled to breathe… Continue Reading

Fundraising for Tristan Swanepoel - Arms of Mercy NPC

Cystic Fibrosis: Tristan Swanepoel may live to the age of 16 before he would need a double lung transplant; he may live to the age of 21 if he is relatively healthy. The medication he needs to keep his organs functioning cost more than his mom`s monthly salary. They were on medical aid but due to a lot of circumstances, had to give that up… Continue Reading

Fundraising Janco Koorts - Arms of Mercy NPC

Cystic Fibrosis: Janco Koorts was was born in 2017 with no signs of illness. He was a healthy, happy bundle of joy. In 2018, the family was given a promise of building a new future in Georgia (Western Europe). They resigned from their jobs and sold everything in order to go. They were super excited about this opportunity, but once they`ve arrived, everything was not as promised… Continue Reading

Fundraising for Hugo Moolman - Arms of Mercy NPC

Holoprosencephaly (HPE): On 12 December 2014 a miracle baby, Hugo Moolman, was born with a cleft lip. His parents felt nothing but perfect love for this little boy. What they did not expect is that more complications will follow. His first cleft reconstruction surgery started at the age of 5 months… Continue Reading

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