On Monday, 9 November 2015, Mianè Ainslie (only 19 months at the time), fell into a porta-pool at her family home in Witbank.
Mianè stayed with her grandmother through the day as usual, with her cousin, as mom is a single parent, and was out working. Monday started as any other day at the house, Mianè’s grandmother was busy hanging up the washing while she played outside hanging on the washing and riding her bike.
Her grandmother turned her back for a split second to the bedroom window to find out why her grandfather (bedridden at the time) was calling her, and turned back to hang the last washing. While she was on her way inside she called Mianè, only to see her body floating on the water in the pool. She ran to the pool screaming and jumped in to get Mianè out as quickly as possible.
During that time, the people from the business behind the house heard the screams and, Marnic van der Westhuizen, jumped through the electric fence to come and help. He started with CPR while they waited for the Langamed Ambulance service to arrive. As soon as they got to the scene they took over from him, and took Mianè to Life Cosmos Hospital. At the hospital, Dr. Banks fought to get her heart beating again, and after 23 minutes they finally succeeded.
Mianè was dead for about 45 minutes before they got her heart beating again, according to the doctors who were there. God already performed the first miracle in her life at that point. She was put on machines so they could breathe for her, and lots of monitors. Her little body was cold as ice as they put her on a machine to cool the body temperature, to minimise any further damage to the brain.
The next 48 hours were critical as Mianè was in NICU now fighting the battle for her life. Her family spent every moment praying next to her bed. The next day they were informed that she was being declared brain dead and the whole world came crashing down. As a family member and the Pastor immediately went in to pray, Mianè started moving her fingers very lightly. Their second miracle.
Mianè was in NICU for exactly 4 weeks before she could go home. As a single mother, there was no medical aid and the hospital bills started piling up. She had to stop working to look after Mianè which is a full time job. She has Cerebral Palsy and the doctors had no hope of her getting any better. At the time she went home, Mianè couldn’t do anything; not walk, talk, see, make noises, sit, or eat. She had to learn everything again with the help of therapy and prayers.
Mom wants to do everything possible for Mianè; she is making and selling bracelets and other goodies to try and raise funds. She is also doing administrative work from home (when the opportunity is there) and typing work, but they still need help from the public. See her online shop.
Mianè has walked a long road, and she started seeing again, reach out for her toys, and talk through flash cards by using her eyes. She can keep her head up by herself, and makes sounds (baby speech), and say yes or no (uh for yes and uh-uh for no). She understands when being spoken to 100%, and has also started giggling when tickled or played with.
At the moment Mianè is doing all the therapy possible to help her gain back a normal life. With therapy her brain is building new pathways to help make connections in her brain, and bring everything back to normal. She is currently doing Moms and Babes classes, Chiropractor sessions, Occupational therapy, Cortical Vision Impairment sessions, Physio therapy and Hydro therapy. She is making fantastic progress in her therapy and everyday is still a miracle from God.
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Fundraising for Mianè Ainslie
Just Be Bracelets for Miané; consisting of light yellow, silver and white wooden beads – with a Tree of life, Hope or Love-Heart charm. To place an order, contact the agent in your area, or shop online. Alternatively, please consider a donation towards the cause. Any and all donations welcome.
“Always stay rooted in your love, never give up hope.”