Claudia du Preez was diagnosed with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy, which means that the section of the brain that needs to control her muscles has suffered damage; so at the age of 4 she still can not sit, crawl or talk by herself.
Because she doesn’t have control over her muscles, the valve to her lungs do not function as it should, and as soon as she takes something in through her mouth and swallows, fluid goes to her lungs which then causes her to become very ill. Therefore, she gets her food through a “pegtube” which is connected directly to her stomach.
To help Claudia function optimally, she receives Occupational Therapy once a week and Speech and Physiotherapy every 2 weeks. Because she needs constant care, she has a caregiver who looks after her during the day while her parents are at work.
With a child who has special needs comes very high expenses. Currently, the biggest expense is Claudia’s special formulated milk that costs R3782 per month, and because the medical does not pay for the milk, they have to pay for it out of their own pocket.
Please open your heart and support our fundraising initiative. All proceeds from the “Cute in Pink Bracelets” are donated towards her ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we can make a positive difference in Claudia`s life, together we can change the world!
Alternatively, please consider a donation. Any and all donations welcome. REF: Claudia du Preez.